It was only a few days ago that Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to heavily downplay the threat of the new omicron variant of COVID-19 that was first detected in South Africa.
The suggestion came after doctors in that nation described the symptoms of those dealing with omicron to be “mild”, and despite the fact that both the CDC and the World Health Organization had taken a vastly different tone.
Then came President Joe Biden’s bleak and scolding suggestion that the “severe” repercussions of the pandemic this winter would affect the unvaccinated specifically.
Under this intense pressure, it appears that the aforementioned Dr. Fauci has reversed course.
Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly said Thursday the coronavirus omicron variant will become the dominant strain of the virus within weeks, perhaps overwhelming hospitals’ ability to treat patients.Trending:
“It [Omicron] is the most transmissible virus of Covid that we had to deal with thus far,” Fauci told U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, according to the Hill. He predicted it would soon become dominant in the United States.
Fauci, who claims to represent science, warned the winter could bring a rise in deaths and hospitalizations due to the flu and the delta and omicron variants.Advertisement - story continues below
“Besides the toll of suffering and death which will inevitably go up if in fact we have that convergence in the winter months of flu and omicron and delta, we could get our hospital systems overwhelmed,” Fauci warned.
“When you look at the pace of the infections now, things will get worse as we go into the depth of the winter,” he said, per CNBC. “And with omicron breathing down our back, things could get really bad, particularly for the unvaccinated.”
Fauci has been a lightning rod of controversy for much of the pandemic, and this latest flip-flop could be the last straw for some in regards to his credibility.