Fauci on NBC: It's possible that omicron is already in the U.S.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said that it's possible the omicron variant of COVID-19 is already circulating in the United States but has yet to be detected.
when these individuals in South Africa, who yet relatively speaking are still a not a large number of those who've gotten infected with this new variant is the disease more serious than when you for example get infected with the delta variant. That's point number one point number two are the antibodies that are induced by the vaccines that we are using. Do they protect against this? It is conceivable that it may be diminishing a little bit too protection, but the vaccines that we use may very well be able to contain this and then there won't be as serious as some people are surmising it might be a lot of unknowns, which is the reason why we're all over this. And as I say, you assume something that might be worse than it is, but better that than underestimating. So you don't want people to panic, but you want to know that we're doing everything we can to stay ahead of this. I would not be surprised if it is, we have not detected it yet, but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you're already having travel related cases that they've noted in Israel and Belgium and in other places when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over the issue of blocking train travel from a given country is to just give us time to assess it better. That's the reason for doing that. Not any reason to panic, but we want to give us some time to really fill in the blanks of what we don't know right now. Our fate is in our own hands. This is yet again another reason not only what's going on right now with the delta variant in our own country, but what you see throughout the world, it is absolutely essential that unvaccinated people get vaccinated and the vaccinated people get boosters. We know now clearly that when you get a booster shot like a third shot after the two shots of an M. R. N. A. Or a second shot after the J. And J. You dramatically increase the level of protection. So if ever there was a reason now for people to say putting all of these other things aside, let's get vaccinated, let's get boosted. And let's be careful when you're an indoor congregate settings to make sure you wear a mask and do not pull back on your guard.