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Anthony Fauci predicts gloomy months with the omicron variant “wreaking havoc on the world”

The main adviser to the United States for the pandemic said that a complicated winter is coming due to the variant of COVID-19.

The top US adviser to the pandemic, Anthony Fauci, warned this Sunday, December 19, that a gloomy northern winter is coming as the new omicron variant of Covid-19 spreads around the world, unleashing restrictions and concerns about capacity. hospitable.

“One thing that is very clear … is its extraordinary ability to spread,” Fauci told NBC News. “It just … spreads, wreaking havoc around the world.”

Since her first appearance in South Africa in November, Ómicron has been identified in dozens of countries, forcing several to reimpose travel restrictions and other measures.

Although it does not appear to be more severe than the delta variant – which is still the dominant strain – the mutated Omicron appears to have a worrying resistance to vaccines and greater transmissibility, according to preliminary data.

Fauci also cautioned against over-optimism about Ómicron’s severity, noting that the situation in South Africa, where the rate of hospitalizations per case appears to be lower than with delta, could be due to underlying immunities from previous and widespread infections. .

“No matter how you look at it,” he said, “when you have so many, so many infections, even if it seems less serious (than delta),” it could cause “our hospitals to be under a lot of pressure in the coming weeks,” particularly in areas of the country. with low levels of infection, he added.

Fauci urged Americans who are not yet vaccinated to inject themselves, and those vaccinated to seek a booster dose. About 70 percent of the nation’s population has received at least one dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which means that 50 million eligible people remain unimmunized.

“With Ómicron … we are going to live some tough weeks, or months, as we move into winter,” Fauci said.

The United States is the country most affected by the pandemic, with more than 800,000 deaths from covid-19 identified as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. (I)

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