Fauci says early data on Omicron from SA is 'encouraging' but we don't yet truly know how deadly it is

Fauci says early data on Omicron from SA is 'encouraging' but we don't yet truly know how deadly it is | @BISouthAfrica

2021-12-06 08:15:00 PM

Fauci says early data on Omicron from SA is 'encouraging' but we don't yet truly know how deadly it is | BISouthAfrica

The top US medical doctor said 'thus far' there didn't seem a 'great degree of severity' to Omicron, which is more mutated than the Delta variant.

is"encouraging," Dr. Anthony Fauci has said.However, it's too early to tell if Omicron causes only mild infection, Fauci, President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor,told CNN's State of the NationSunday.Fauci said that"thus far" there didn't seem to be a"great degree of severity" to the Omicron variant, which has a high number of mutations in the part of the virus that attaches to human cells.

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"But we really got to be careful before we make any determinations whether it's less severe" than Delta, Fauci said. The highly infectious Delta variant, which itself has mutations that help it avoid the immune response, is the most common variant in the US.

"Thus far, the signals are a bit encouraging" regarding Omicron's severity, Fauci said, adding that Omicron was"clearly" becoming the most common variant in South Africa — the country thatsounded the alarmfewer than two weeks ago, and where Omicron is fast spreading. headtopics.com

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