The US government’s chief epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, hopes that the pandemic will go through a transition in the coming months That leads to continue living with the covid-19 but having it under control and without involving a social and economic disturbance like the one it still causes.
During the press conference of the response team against the pandemic of the White House, Fauci expressed his confidence in this scenario. The expert stressed that all the data indicates that the omicron variant is less severe than delta.
But he warned that you do not have to be complacent, you have to keep all precautions and insisted that the unvaccinated remain at high risk of serious illness or death.
The omicron variant is hitting hard in the United States as shown by the data exposed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control, Rochelle Walensky. An average of 240,400 new cases the last week, 60% more than the previous one, with an increase in hospitalizations of 14% and 7% in the case of deaths.
Walensky nevertheless defended the new CDC recommendations that reduce isolation for asymptomatic infected people to five days.
After remembering that the level of transmissibility is very high In the two days before presenting symptoms and between two and three days after, he assured that five days after the last symptoms the risk of contagion drops substantially.
In addition, he considered it unnecessary to do more tests from that moment on, because, as he warned, there are cases in which the PCR tests positive up to 12 weeks after of infection. This does not mean that the infected person is contagious.
Anthony Fauci insisted that even though omicron is highly transmissible, Vaccine boosters return those who wear them the level of protection necessary in the event of infection, so that such protection is optimal.
That is why he again asked all those vaccinated to get said booster, although he did not want to speculate on the need for a fourth injection to keep the covid-19 under control.
To questions from journalists about this possibility, he said that We must go step by step”. Although that fourth dose may be necessary later, now we must focus on getting the third or vaccinating who has not yet done so.