Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky refused to explain the Omicron variant of COVID-19 as “mild” in a Tuesday interview regardless of mounting proof that the pressure is much less extreme than prior variations of the virus.
Walensky took questions from Fox News host Bret Baier and his viewers about Omicron and repeatedly harassed the significance of getting vaccinated. When requested by a number of viewers why well being officers are centered on case numbers when proof suggests that almost all instances of Omicron are delicate or asymptomatic, Walensky downplayed proof that the variant is delicate.
“More and more studies continue to come in every single day about the severity of Omicron. And we continue to learn more. We also know, with an increased number of cases, we are going to have some people who have severe disease,” Walensky mentioned. “And so we are watching both the severity, as well as the number of cases.”
“We do need to still keep track of cases, because they are a leading indicator. We know that our hospitals get full several weeks after our cases start to rise,” she continued. “So we need to keep a good line of sight on both.”
It isn’t in any respect clear that hospitals will probably be crammed by Omicron instances like they have been with prior strains of the virus, although. So far, there has solely been one confirmed demise within the United States of an Omicron affected person, a person in his fifties who was unvaccinated with underlying well being circumstances. The European CDC has reported that the overwhelming majority of Omicron instances within the European Union are delicate or asymptomatic, and nationwide hospitalization charges haven’t elevated by practically the speed of instances.
When pressed by Baier on the truth that there has solely been one American demise because of Omicron, Walensky pivoted instantly to pushing vaccination: “What I can tell you right now is, the vast majority of people who are in the hospital right now are unvaccinated,” she mentioned. “And so we are learning there still continue to be people who are in the hospital from our Delta surge, of course, and we are following what the severity and what is happening with the Omicron variant as well.” (RELATED: POLL: Americans Aren’t Cowering In Fear Of Omicron Variant)
Dr. Angelique Coetzee of the South African Medical Association mentioned this week that case charges have already begun to say no within the Gauteng province of South Africa, the place the variant first started to quickly unfold. Numerous reviews have come out of that nation indicating that Omicron is milder than prior variants, and Dr. Anthony Fauci himself agreed that’s probably the case. Still, authorities in America are hunkering down, reinstituting pandemic restrictions and ramping up vaccine mandates in lots of jurisdictions.