Digital Desk, Washington. President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has warned that the Omicron variant is growing rapidly in the US and around the world and could strain the country’s hospital system in the coming weeks. Fauci was quoted on NBC News as referring to the Omicron variant, one thing that is very clear, and no doubt, has the potential to spread very easily.
He said Omicron is likely to overtake the Delta variant in the US. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Omicron has been detected in 89 countries. The agency said it is spreading much faster than the delta variant, including in countries with high levels of population immunity. The variant already accounts for the majority of cases in the UK.
On Sunday, ABC News quoted Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as saying that if things in our hospitals look as they are now, then in the next week or two, there will be a lot of stress for people. There is going to be a reason. “We have a lot of people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who haven’t been vaccinated yet and it’s going to be a real problem to strain the hospital system,” he warned.
As a warning, the Kovid-19 variant in the US has increased in the last one week. Both the state of New York and the District of Columbia have reported consecutive days of record cases. The risk of the variant is particularly high for Americans who are either unvaccinated or who have not received a booster shot. Furthermore, according to preliminary data, the Omicron variant may cause less severe disease than Delta. However, public health and infectious disease experts caution that it is too early to tell, as cases of high Omicron hospitalizations in the UK and South Africa continue to rise. Thus, the WHO also notes that the variant may increase hospital admissions even if it is less severe.
“I don’t expect the kind of lockdown we’ve seen before, but I certainly see the potential for stress on our hospital system,” he said.