Anthony Fauci: Omicron is not more serious than Delta
Dr Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert and chief of public health advisory team to US President Joe Biden, told AFP news agency that Several preliminary indicators suggest that the Omicron mutant coronavirus is not any worse than the previous mutant virus. And there is also the possibility of being less dangerous.
Dr. Fauci addressed three main areas of concern about Omicron: epidemic. How well can it evade immunity in people who have been infected and in those who have been vaccinated? and finally, the severity of the illness
Dr. Fauci said Clearly, the new mutant virus is highly contagious. and more than the dominant delta species that prevail in the world today. But when looking at global epidemiological statistics, re-infections from omicrons are higher. And it appears to be able to evade immunity from vaccines.
Dr. Fauci stated that Had to wait a few more days or maybe a week. Data from the lab on the potential of antibodies generated by existing vaccines to counteract omicrons or not will come out. and for questions about violence It’s pretty clear it isn’t any more serious than Delta.
“It has been noted that it may be less serious. because when we look at the data of academics who are following it in South Africa The number of infected people compared to the number of people being hospitalized must be less than Delta,” Dr Fauci said.
However, Dr. Fauci said It is important that we do not overinterpret this information. Because most of the population that is tracked is young. As a result, the chances of getting sick so seriously that need to be hospitalized is reduced as well.
Dr. Fauci said It takes weeks for the disease to develop into a serious illness. So we have to wait and see the situation in South Africa. The first infection was found in November. It is estimated that it will take at least 2 weeks to confirm this. And in the meantime we will see omicron epidemic spreading to other parts of the world, it will take some time for us to see a clear level of illness from omicron.
Dr. Fauci said that Just because a virus spreads easily doesn’t mean it has to cause serious illness. And there is no need to increase the number of patients who need to be hospitalized and die. That is the best forecast of the situation.
“For the worst-case scenario, it’s not only spreading quickly. but also cause serious illness and cause us to face another wave of epidemic This is not compromised by vaccines or from people’s previous infections. I don’t think it is. But who knows,” said Fauci.