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Friday, January 21, 2022

Omicron Should Not Cancel Year-End Plans, Fauci Says

Posted by: Jinshan Hong | Bloomberg

The arrival of the heavily mutated omicron variant in the US should not cancel year-end plans for fully vaccinated Americans, the chief infectious disease physician said.

“If you are vaccinated and your family is vaccinated, enjoy the holidays,” said Anthony Fauci, head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. “I wouldn’t do anything other than what we recommended,” he told CNN Global Town Hall on the coronavirus.

He predicts more omicron cases will be detected over the next few weeks, stating that people should expect this. News of new infections shouldn’t stop families from getting together indoors, without masks, he said.

The comments are welcome news for Americans and others around the world, who have seen the cancellation of nearly two years of holidays and special events as the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic. The discovery of the omicron variant prompted countries around the world to impose travel bans in southern Africa, where it was first discovered, raising fears that additional restrictions could follow as the new strain spreads around the world.

Those traveling in the coming weeks should take precautions, including diligently wearing masks, Fauci said.

“Many of us will have to travel during the holidays,” he said. “What do you do when you travel, you care. Be careful “.

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Fauci’s comments came on the same day that the first confirmed case of omicron in the United States was discovered in California. It has been found in over two dozen countries from Australia to Germany and Canada. Its appearance in the United States has been widely expected, and researchers are keen to understand the impact of a highly mutated strain that has changes not found in other major variants.

The decision to impose restrictions on travelers from South Africa was difficult, he said, and the US hopes it will change quickly.

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