Skip to main content
Tags: fauci | omicron | deaths

Fauci: Omicron Likely to Cause Record Number of Cases, Deaths in US

Fauci: Omicron Likely to Cause Record Number of Cases, Deaths in US
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty)

By    |   Sunday, 19 December 2021 04:50 PM EST

The omicron variant will likely cause record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S., Anthony Fauci told CNN’s "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"We are going to see a significant stress in some regions of the country on the hospital system, particularly in those areas where you have a low level of vaccination, which is one of the reasons why we continue to stress the importance of getting those unvaccinated people vaccinated," Fauci told host Jake Tapper. 

"This virus is extraordinary. It has a doubling time of anywhere between two and three days," he added.

"We are going to be in for some serious difficulties right now and we better be doing more to mitigate against that. And it’s never too late to get vaccinated. And if you’re vaccinated, go get boosted and be prudent in everything else you do."

Fauci stressed that the situation "is going to be tough. We can't walk away from that, Jake. We can't, because, with Omicron that we're dealing with, it is going to be a tough few weeks to months as we get deeper into the winter."

President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser added that although experts "definitely saw variants coming… what was not anticipated was the extent of the mutations and the amino acid substitutions in Omicron, which is really unprecedented. It kind of came out of nowhere, where you have a virus that has 50 mutations, 30 of which are in the spike protein, and 10 or 12 of which are in the receptor binding domain. I mean, to me, that's really quite unprecedented."

In addition to getting more people vaccinated and everyone being careful by wearing masks and taking other preventative measures, Fauci said that there is also a "need to flood the system with testing. We need to have tests available for anyone who wants them" so that people can know they have coronavirus before they go out in a public setting or have guests over to their homes.

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman, a Newsmax writer based in Israel, has more than three decades writing and editing about culture and politics for newspapers, online and television.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


US
The omicron variant will likely cause record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S., Anthony Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.
fauci, omicron, deaths
334
2021-50-19
Sunday, 19 December 2021 04:50 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved