- After Omicron, the United States will be on the threshold of being able to live with the Corona virus
The White House adviser on the health crisis, Anthony Fauci, considered that despite the record number of hospitalized cases due to Covid-19 infection, the United States may be “on the threshold” of a transitional period after which it will be possible to “coexist with” the Corona virus.
“At a time when the Omicron (outbreak) is progressing and regressing, I hope we will see a situation where (…) a combination of good immunity and the ability to treat someone who is at risk,” Fauci said.
He added during a meeting organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, “When we reach that, this will be a transitional period, and we may be at its threshold today.”
The United States has surpassed the record number of Covid-19 cases that required hospitalization, with nearly 146,000 injured in hospitals across the country. About 24,000 of them are in intensive care units, according to US Department of Health data on Tuesday.
The previous record was just over 142,000 on January 14, 2021, almost perfect a year ago.
“We are not at a point where we can reasonably say let’s live with the virus, especially because of the current pressure on the care system,” Fauci said on Tuesday. “But I think we’ll get there.”
And he suggested that “almost everyone” will be infected with the mutant Omicron, because it is highly contagious, noting that it is unlikely that Covid-19 will be completely eradicated.
“We cannot let this virus dominate our lives for much longer,” he said, calling for a “new strategy” to be developed soon.
The United States is currently facing a sharp rise in the number of infections, especially Omicron, which has become dominant within weeks. The country has recorded record numbers of injuries since late December.