It’s too early to tell if the Omicron variant of the coronavirus causes less severe illness than the Delta variant – although it has been reported that many cases so far have been mild, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday.
Most Covid-19 cases are generally mild, and especially in younger patients. The virus can and does cause serious illness as it spreads in populations and has killed 5.2 million people globally and more than 779,000 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University. at Johns Hopkins.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, notes that some South African doctors have reported patients they treat with mild illness. But they are treating young people, Fauci said.
“We believe it’s too early to talk about how serious it is,” Fauci said during a Covid-19 White House briefing.
“NS. Walensky and I specifically asked our South African colleagues that on the most recent Zoom call we had, and they agreed with us that it was too early to tell. They hoped that it would give lower severity, but they don’t know that right now,” he added.
In the meantime, vaccinations and boosters will protect everyone, Fauci said. In particular, boosters can bring antibody levels up to the point where there is an additional protective layer that can cover even virus variants.
“And that is most often shown in protection against serious illness that leads to hospitalization,” says Fauci.
“So when we say that although these mutations show a reduction in protection and the degree of immune evasion, from the experience we have with Delta[you]can tell logical conclusion that you wouldn’t remove all protection against this particular variant,” he said.
“And that’s why we don’t know what that level of diminishing protection will look like. But we do know that when you push someone, you raise your protection level very high. And we hope, and I think with So, as we said, if you’re not vaccinated, get vaccinated, and if you’ve been vaccinated, boost your health,” he added.