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Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Omicron Warning

Coronavirus cases are headed toward an all-time high, as the "highly transmissible" Omicron variant fuels the rise—and a rise in more hospitalizations. The daily case rate has now surpassed the Delta surge. To protect themselves, everyone from President Biden to President Trump have gotten their boosters. (Omicron may be milder than Delta but "it’s not milder enough," predict experts, for us to be fully safe, especially the unvaccinated.) How else can you stay safe out there? Dr. Anthony Fauci , the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on This Week yesterday. Read on for 5 essential pieces of life-saving advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Two healthcare workers talking at the UCI Although experts are still studying how severe Omicron is, "there’s one thing that’s for sure that we all agree upon that it is extraordinarily contagious. It’s just outstripped even the most contagious of the previous ones, including Delta. There’s no argument on anybody’s part about that." He’s still sifting through the data from South Africa and the UK to determine how severe or mild Omicron is. "The issue," he said, "that we don’t want to get complacent about is that when you have such a high volume of new infections, it might override a real demotion in severity. So that if you have many, many, many more people with a less level of severity that might kind of neutralize the positive effect of having less severity when you have so many more people. And we’re particularly worried about those who are in that unvaccinated class, that, you know, tens and tens of millions of Americans who are eligible for vaccination, who have not been vaccinated. Those are the most vulnerable ones when you have a virus that is extraordinarily effective in getting to people and infecting them the way Omicron is. So even though we’re pleased by the evidence from multiple countries, that it looks like there is a lesser degree of severity, we’ve gotta be careful that we don’t get complacent about that." It might still mean a lot of hospitalizations in the USA.

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