White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci said there is no way to eliminate COVID-19 from society. The director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that omicron, although it is a variant that causes less severe symptoms, is dangerous because its rapid spread may result in further, more dangerous mutations of the virus.
World Health Organization (WHO) director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “although omicron causes less severe symptoms than delta, it remains a very dangerous virus, especially for unvaccinated people.” In his opinion, the more the omicron circulates among the population, the greater the risk that “there will be another variant that will be even more infectious and even more deadly than the omicron.”
The head of WHO emphasized that 92 out of 194 member countries of the Organization failed to achieve the goal of vaccinating 40 percent of the population.
WHO’s director of emergencies, Dr. Michael Ryan, said recent opinions that the omicron, due to its speed of spread and milder symptoms, will “replace” more severe variants and make COVID-19 a disease like the flu are wrong. He stressed that any new variant of the coronavirus “is not good news.”
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Wednesday that the pandemic in the Americas has reached unprecedented pace, and the number of new infections has doubled to 6.1 million in the past week. PAHO added that the omicron has already reached almost all countries in the Americas.
Fauci: the omicron will get almost everyone
White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said in a meeting with Washington’s CSIS think tank that there is no way to eliminate COVID-19 from society. In his opinion, the US is approaching the point where it will switch to a new normal, living with the coronavirus.
The coronavirus variant omicron, he added, “with its remarkable, unprecedented ability to transmit will eventually catch almost everyone,” and eliminating the disease caused by the virus is unrealistic.
According to Fauci, the US is about to enter a new phase, “where there will be enough protection in society, enough medicine available, so if someone at high risk becomes infected, it will be very easy to treat.”
“Once we get there, there will be a transformation, and at this point we may be on its doorstep,” Fauci said. However, he added that in a situation where almost a million new infections are detected in the US daily, almost 150,000 are registered. hospitalizations and over 1,200 COVID-19-related deaths, the country is yet to reach this stage.
According to official data, there are currently over 145.9 thousand hospitalized in the USA. people with COVID-19, a significant percentage of which was hospitalized for other reasons, such as an injury, and the infection was detected in these people after a routine test for the presence of coronavirus.
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