How COVID19 Could Or Could Not End! Anthony Fauci On Pandemic
While Omicron seems to cause less severe disease than other variants, Fauci said the sheer volume of cases could have a meaningful effect on collective immunity.
Fauci said the increased transmissibility of Omicron "might be overridden by the sheer volume of the number of cases that may be of reduced severity but could still stress our hospital system".
However, referring to the Omicron surge in the US as a "tsunami", Fauci also cautioned the public not to be fooled by preliminary data suggesting the variant lacks the severity of earlier Covid-19 variants, such as Delta.
While studies show Omicron is less severe in terms of hospitalisations, Fauci stressed that people should not "to get complacent" because "when you have such a high volume of new infections, it might override a real diminution in severity."
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