Omicron variant spreads around the world
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The first signals on the severity of Covid-19 caused by the Omicron variant are ‘a little encouraging’, but it is too early to say clearly if it can cause serious illness, said Dr Anthony Fauci, the leading American expert in infectious diseases. CNN Sunday.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the data so far suggests that the variant does not cause more serious illness. He said:
But we really have to be careful before we determine that it is less severe or that it doesn’t really cause any serious illness comparable to Delta. But so far the signals are a little encouraging regarding gravity. But again you have to judge until we have more experience.
Fauci said the United States remains in constant communication with experts in South Africa. He said the Omicron variant was clearly becoming dominant in South Africa, especially since cases were at a low level when the variant was first identified.
He said it was not clear what would happen in the United States and other countries, where the highly transmissible Delta variant still dominates.
The question for us here in the United States, now that it has a clear presence in at least 15 or more states and around 40 countries, is, what is this going to be competing with a very dominant variant? , Delta?
Fauci said the coronavirus vaccine booster doses “are going to be really critical in determining whether or not we’re going to be able to handle this.”
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said all adults should be reminded of the coronavirus vaccine.
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