- Fauci makes a terrible prediction about omicron and what will happen in the US.
- Authorities warn of a rapid spread of the virus.
- Fauci warns, “If things follow the path that is being set now….”
Fauci predicts the worst about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The Chief Medical Officer for the US Government, Anthony Fauci, warned this Sunday about what could happen if the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread in the way it has.
Fauci said that the most recent variant of the virus, “is spreading rapidly throughout the world,” and said that there are still doubts about its degree of severity, since there are studies that indicate that it is milder than other strains, according to Efe.
Fauci makes worrying prediction about the Omicron variant
The American epidemiologist pointed out that the fact that Omicron is transmitted so easily makes it especially dangerous, which is why he made the alarming prediction about the coronavirus. Biden’s advisor warns that the country’s hospitals will again be filled with patients due to this variant.
“We will see a rebound in infections, there is no question about that. But there is a major difference in terms of severity between a person who received the vaccine and the booster dose and one who did not,” he said. He also revealed the time frame for his frightening prediction.
How soon will Fauci’s prediction about Omicron come true?
“If things continue the way they are now, in a week or two we will have our hospitals very full of people because there are many people in this country who can receive the vaccine and have not done so,” said the doctor in an interview for NBC.
Facing the approaching Christmas holidays, the chief epidemiologist for the White House recommended everyone should exercise caution, even those who have already received the booster dose of the vaccine. He reiterated that you must wear a mask in airports and on airplanes.
Warning issued for Christmas holiday
He also recommended not attending events in which there will be people whose vaccination status is unknown, according to Efe. As overwhelmed hospitals in the United States brace for a new wave of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant, doctors are warning of another hurdle.
According to The Associated Press, doctors warn that the two standard drugs they have been using to fight infections are probably not effective against the new variant. For more than a year, Regeneron and Eli Lilly’s antibody drugs have been the standard treatments for the early stages of COVID-19.
Medication for the new variant could be a problem
These medications have been effective in preventing serious symptoms and thus the need for hospitalization, AP highlights. But both companies recently warned that laboratory tests indicate their therapies will be much less potent against Omicron, which contains dozens of mutations that make it difficult for antibodies to attack the virus.
And while the companies say they can quickly create antibodies to Omicron, they are not expected to be widely available for several months. A third antibody drug, produced by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline appears to be in the best position to fight Omicron.
US drug supply rationed due to shortages
But that drug is not widely available in the United States, representing only a small portion of the millions of doses purchased and distributed by the federal government. Authorities are now rationing supplies to the states.
“I think there is going to be a shortage,” said Dr. Jonathan Li, director of the Harvard / Brigham Virology Specialty Laboratory. “We are now limited to a single FDA-cleared monoclonal antibody,” with Omicron, due to the reduced efficacy of the Regeneron and Lilly drugs.
CDC also make terrible prediction about the variant
The Delta variant still accounts for more than 95% of estimated cases in the United States, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the agency said Omicron is spreading faster than the previous variants and will become dominant nationwide in a few weeks.
Administered by injection or infusion, monoclonal antibodies are laboratory versions of human proteins that help the immune system fight viruses and other infections. The Glaxo drug, developed in conjunction with Vir Biotechnology, was specially formulated to bind to a part of the virus that is most unlikely to mutate, according to the companies.
“A stern warning about what winter will be like”
Initial studies of simulated Omicron in laboratories show promising results. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus, “is spreading around the world,” the White House medical adviser said Sunday. President Joe Biden plans to issue, “a stern warning about what winter will be like,” for unvaccinated Americans.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the, “real problem,” for America’s hospital system is that, “we have a lot of people eligible to get vaccinated that have not done so.”
Biden had promised normalcy this Christmas
The prospect of a winter overshadowed by a wave of infections is a grave reversal of the optimism projected by Biden 10 months ago, when he told CNN the country could be back to normal by this Christmas, according to The Associated Press.
Biden has been careful not to overpromise, but confidence has been battered by a relentless wave of coronavirus mutations that have left many in the country emotionally drained, discouraged and concerned about new infections. Filed Under: Fauci Omicron Prediction
Fauci reveals worrying secret of coronavirus
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tried to defend the president’s previous promise in a separate interview on Sunday with CNN. “The idea of having hopes and aspirations to become independent of the virus after a period of time is understandable and reasonable,” Fauci said.
“But what we know now from almost two years of experience with this virus is that it is really very unpredictable,” he added. But the president appears to be stuck in a negative feedback loop, risking infections worsening supply chain problems and fuel inflation. Filed Under: Fauci Omicron Prediction
Another problem arises amid concerns over Omicron
The governor of Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis, told NBC that Biden should be talking about vaccines as two doses and a booster and instead of calling them the “three doses” that are necessary to maximize protection, the AP notes.
On inflation, which is at its highest in nearly four decades, Polis said Biden needs to show the country how he’s responding to that specific challenge as part of his Omicron statement. “We can do concrete things that really lower costs for Americans,” said Polis, noting that Colorado is cutting vehicle registration fees and making it free to register new businesses, according to The Associated Press and Agencia Efe.
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