Biden’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is expecting that the omicron surge that has pushed the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations to record levels will soon end, but the decline won’t be uniform across the United States, according to TIMES.
Fauci Says He’s Confident As He Can Be
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he is “as confident as you can be” that most states will hit a peak in omicron cases by the middle of February. As far as Fauci is concerned, cases already have reached their peak and declined “rather sharply” in the Northeast and upper Midwest, he said, but cases are still soaring in western and southern states, as per ABC.
A few more hospitalizations are expected in areas of the country where people have still not been fully immunized or have not received boosters, according to Fauci. On the other hand, he said that they do know that boosts are extremely effective at protecting people from hospitalization and severe outcomes during Omicron, according to The Guardian.
Omicron In The US
Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States have totaled more than 865,000 people. Fauci has stated that it “looks like” Omicron causes less severe disease than other variants, but it is by no means excluded from infecting people and bringing them into the hospital, notably those who are not vaccinated.
During the third year of the pandemic, Dr. Fauci has drawn up two long-term scenarios for COVID-19. The first is that Covid-19 becomes less infective and is, therefore, easier to manage. He warned that the worst-case scenario is the emergence of a new, even more, harmful variant. He argued that the possibility of a vaccine-preventable disease is a good argument for increasing access to vaccinations, booster shots, and other forms of medical care, as per Fox News.