Fauci Slips — Admits That Latest Variant Isn’t So Scary After All

Where would we be without the constant and unsolicited advice or our fearful leader when it comes to the Coronavirus Pandemic? The truth is the pandemic would probably already be over, or at least people would be far less afraid. And it looks like Fauci is finally admitting that COVID isn’t so scary after all, at least the Omicron variant.

Chief medical adviser for the White House, Dr. Fauci, said on Sunday that when looking at the severity of the omicron variant, which is highly contagious, it’s more important to look at hospitalizations than it is to look at case counts.

George Stephanopoulos asked Fauci during his appearance on “This Week,” an ABC segment if people should be focusing less on the number of new infections daily and more on hospitalizations, and Fauci said yes.

Fauci says that it’s particularly relevant for people that are having infections that are more asymptomatic than others, or at least having minimal symptoms, especially people who have received their vaccines and boosters. Fauci says the real thing to know here is are the vaccines working and protecting people from severe illness that leads to hospitalization.

Fauci did warn that even though some people who aren’t vaccinated will come down with cases that are only mild in symptoms, there will be a large number of people who will get the more severe cases of coronavirus because they aren’t vaccinated or boosted. Fauci continued to say though, that as we get further into the pandemic and the COVID infections are less severe than before, it is more important to focus on the number of hospitalizations instead of the sheer number of COVID cases.

Fauci said that the U.S. should not become complacent about the virus, however, because although Omicron tends to be a milder infection, it is more contagious and will likely still cause a massive number of hospitalizations.

He says this is because it is so much more contagious. More people will get it than previous strains, which is why hospitalizations will be up. As of January 1st, the average case count in a 7-day period is 387,000 which is a 202% increase over the last two weeks.

Author: Michael Baker