Throwing in the towel? Fauci admits that ‘just about everybody’ will eventually get Omicron

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White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci admitted on Tuesday that “just about everybody” will eventually be infected with the Omicron variant and that it is pretty much unavoidable, although he contends vaccines and boosters will lessen the effects of the virus.

“Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of efficiency of transmissibility, will, ultimately, find just about everybody,” Fauci remarked during a “fireside chat” with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“Those who have been vaccinated and vaccinated and boosted would get exposed. Some, maybe a lot of them, will get infected but will very likely, with some exceptions, do reasonably well in the sense of not having hospitalization and death,” he contended.

“Unfortunately, those who are still unvaccinated are going to get the brunt of the severe aspect of this, and although it is less severe on a case by case basis, when you quantitatively have so many people who are infected, a fraction of them, even if it’s a small fraction, are going to get seriously ill and are going to die, and that’s the reason why it will challenge our health system,” Fauci added, seemingly not realizing the same could be said of the flu.

(Video Credit: Reuters | CSIS)

“Having said that, as you probably remember, Steve, on October – well, you wouldn’t remember the date but you remember because we stay in such close touch – that on October the 13th at a press conference at the White House, I showed a slide on one of my scientific briefs that showed the different phases. You go from pandemic to deceleration to control to elimination to eradication, and if you work your way up from the bottom up, there’s no way we’re going to eradicate this,” he commented.

“We’ve only done it with one infection and that’s smallpox. It’s no way, I believe, likely – I mean, aspirational but not likely that we’re going to eliminate it because, A, it has a high degree of transmissibility; B, variants arise; and C, there are so many people that are unvaccinated. And we eliminated polio because we got almost everybody vaccinated. We eliminated measles because we got almost everybody vaccinated,” Fauci went on, heavily pushing vaccinations and boosters.

“So what’s the box that we’re all looking at now? That box is control, namely, getting the level of infection that causes severe disease low enough that we can incorporate this infection – some people have said learning to live with it – that I believe we are possibly approaching that,” he asserted.

“Now, the reason I say possibly is that we still now have close to a million infections a day, we have 150,000 people in the hospital, and over 1,200 to 1,300 die. So we’re not at that point where this is an acceptable ‘let’s live with it’ now. But I believe we will get there,” Fauci predicted.

“As Omicron goes up and comes down, I do hope that we will see a situation where there’ll be enough protection in community, enough drugs available so that when someone does get infected and is in a high-risk group, it will be very easy to treat that person be that with Paxlovid or a monoclonal antibody or whatever the drugs are, that we have a combination of good, basic background immunity together with the ability to treat someone who is at risk,” he noted.

“When we get there, there’s that transition. Now, we may be on the threshold of that right now, see. It’s entirely possible. So when you refer to my friends and colleague, Zeke Emanuel, and others who’ve written those, in so many respects I agree with them, and, in fact, I’ve been talking about that since October the 13th when I put that first slide up,” Fauci crowed, attempting to take credit once again.

The Omicron variant arrived on the global scene in November and is burning across the planet. Though extremely contagious, the symptoms are said to be far milder than the Delta variant. It reportedly causes fewer hospitalizations and death since it replicates in the throat, not the lungs.

Omicron is now the dominant strain of the virus in the United States. Although it is a much less severe variant, with so many contracting it, a number of states and cities are now reimplementing pandemic restrictions.

Fauci made a similar comment during a Senate hearing on Tuesday in between sparring with Republican senators. He stated that “it’s hard to process what’s actually happening right now, which is most people are going to get COVID.”

Fauci was roasted once again on social media:


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