Fauci says omicron Covid variant ‘almost certainly’ not more severe than delta

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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the Omicron coronavirus outbreak is “almost certainly” no more severe than the delta version that the US experienced over the summer.

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talked with the doctor AFP, adding that the new version is “apparently highly permeable”, but noted that despite its higher transmission efficiency, it is no more severe than the Delta.

“There is some suggestion that it may also be less severe, because when you look at some of the cohorts being followed in South Africa, the ratio between the number of infections and the number of hospitalizations seems to be lower than in Delta,” The doctor said.

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Dr Fauci said experiments testing the potency of antibodies from different vaccines against the Omicron variant should be available “in the next few days to a week”.

The doctor said he believed “it will take at least a few more weeks in South Africa” ​​to see the true degree of severity of the Omicron variant. The variant was first identified by doctors in South Africa.

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“As we get more infections into the rest of the world, it may take longer to see what the level of severity is,” he said.

Collecting data from researchers around the world supports Dr. Fauci’s claims about increased infection rates due to the Omicron version.

As of December 5, the Omicron version has been found in a third of US states. According to Reuters, those states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Many cases were found in people who were fully vaccinated, but those individuals reported only mild symptoms.

Dr Fauci said a more transmissible virus that is less severe and causes fewer hospitalizations was a “best-case scenario”.

“The worst case scenario is that it’s not only highly contagious, but it also causes severe disease and then you have another wave of infections that aren’t necessarily affected by the vaccine or people’s prior infections,” he said. said.

Thankfully, the doctor said he doesn’t think “the worst is about to come”, but, he warned, “you never know”.

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