Wednesday, January 26

Fauci: the number of cases of Covid-19 in the United States up “vertically”

Dr. Anthony Fauci in Washington on December 27, 2021 Anna Moneymaker

The rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States follows an “almost vertical” curve, which is not currently the case with hospitalizations, said Dr Anthony Fauci, main adviser to the House on Sunday. Blanche on the health crisis.

“We are in the middle of a very strong wave,” said Dr Fauci on ABC television, adding that the increase in cases, “almost vertical”, was “unprecedented”, with an average of almost 400,000 new contaminations per day.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise, but not at the same rate, he said.

Even if one should not “draw too hasty conclusions”, hospitalizations being often later indicators, there is “more and more evidence” that the highly contagious Omicron variant leads to less severe forms, explained the eminent scientist, citing South African and English data.

According to him, with so many infections, the variant could still drive more people to the hospital, thus putting “pressure on the hospital system”.

Anthony Fauci said he hoped the current wave would peak “after a few weeks” before reversing, as happened in South Africa.

On the eve of the start of the school year, the immunologist called on parents to “seriously consider having their children vaccinated”, to encourage them to wear the mask and to test them.

“With all of this, the situation will be safe enough for the children to go back to school.”

Miguel Cardona, US Minister of Education, told him the goal was to maintain “full-time face-to-face learning” as students “suffered enough”, with many counties keeping schools closed for more than ‘a year.

“We are aware that there may be difficulties” for this return to school, in particular because of the absences of staff contaminated by Covid-19, he admitted, during an interview on Fox News.

According to the minister, schools should develop “a testing strategy, so that students who have symptoms can be tested at school.”

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