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Fauci warns of danger of hospitalization surge due to large number of COVID cases

Stock MarketsJan 02, 2022 06:51PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about the Omicron coronavirus variant during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) -Top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said there was still a danger of a surge in hospitalization due to a large number of coronavirus cases even as early data suggests the Omicron COVID-19 variant is less severe.

"The only difficulty is that if you have so many cases, even if the rate of hospitalization is lower with Omicron than it is with Delta, there is still the danger that you will have a surging of hospitalizations that might stress the healthcare system," Fauci said in an interview on Sunday with CNN.

The Omicron variant was estimated to be 58.6% of the coronavirus variants circulating in the United States as of Dec. 25, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The sudden arrival of Omicron has brought record-setting case counts to countries around the world and dampened New Year festivities around the world..

"There will certainly be a lot more cases because this is a much more transmissible virus than Delta is," Fauci said on CNN.

However, "It looks, in fact, that it (Omicron) might be less severe, at least from data that we've gathered from South Africa, from the UK and even some from preliminary data from here in the United States," Fauci said.

Fauci added that the CDC will soon be coming out with a clarification on whether people with COVID-19 should test negative to leave isolation, after confusion last week over guidance that would let people leave after five days without symptoms.

The CDC had reduced the recommended isolation period for people with asymptomatic COVID to five days, down from 10. The policy does not require testing to confirm that a person is no longer infectious before they go back to work or socialize, causing some experts to raise questions.

"You're right. There has been some concern about why we don't ask people at that five-day period to get tested. That is something that is now under consideration", Fauci told ABC News in a separate interview on Sunday. "I think we're going to be hearing more about that in the next day or so from the CDC."

U.S. authorities registered at least 346,869 new coronavirus on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 rose by at least 377 to 828,562.

Fauci warns of danger of hospitalization surge due to large number of COVID cases
 

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DrFunkenstein hayson
DrFunkenstein hayson Jan 02, 2022 10:54PM ET
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Fraudci is a corrupt lying weasel
Stephen Towne
Stephen Towne Jan 02, 2022 10:05PM ET
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I heard Fauci is a racist
pcg upstate
pcg upstate Jan 02, 2022 9:43PM ET
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it's Lord Fauci to you!
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William Smith Jan 02, 2022 9:11PM ET
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Finally figured David9 out. He is paid by The Fraud Fauci to promote Fauci as always correct (even though history show those paying attention he is almost always wrong) and to denounce those who oppose Fauci.
Tom Sc
Tom Sc Jan 02, 2022 9:03PM ET
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this is when all the crazies come out and blame Fauci for random nonsense
William Smith
William Smith Jan 02, 2022 8:31PM ET
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The man looks like the devil himself. He should be tried in The Hague for crimes against humanity for his support of Gain of Function causing thos disaster.
William Smith
William Smith Jan 02, 2022 8:31PM ET
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David, you can't be that stupid, or are you a Chinese bot?
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Rubberduck1973 Jan 02, 2022 8:13PM ET
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I say let all unvaccinated who get COVID and get very ill Paris H outside of the hospitals and start treating people with real medical problems. It’s natural selection. If your brain can’t comprehend a pandemic, then maybe. Just maybe you shouldn’t be here.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Jan 02, 2022 8:13PM ET
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rubber duck!!! correct! you have intellect of a child. move to Chyna. you're one of them
Scott Faries
Scott Faries Jan 02, 2022 8:08PM ET
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Fauci is the modern ****doctor feeding fear to empower the left...
John Avenetti
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People still listen to this guy? How gullible and driven by fear do you have to be to listen to this jack$$$???
Santiago Dobronski
Santiago Dobronski Jan 02, 2022 7:41PM ET
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Stress the nonexistent helathcare system but lets fund 500million for electric chargers
John Avenetti
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it's all baloney. stop listening to fear
 
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