Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States, told CNN that the initial data on the danger of the Omicron strain was “a little encouraging.”
It's too early to draw any conclusions, Fauci said, but “early signals about the severity of the strain are encouraging.”
“Omicron is clearly growing in South Africa. … But so far it does not seem to represent a high degree of seriousness, “said Anthony Fauci.
The expert continued:” We really need to be careful before drawing any conclusions that this the strain is less serious or does not really cause serious illness compared to Delta. ”
The doctor also commented on the travel ban in South Africa. According to Fauci, travel restrictions were imposed at a time when the US authorities still did not know anything about the new strain of coronavirus.
“ I hope we can lift this ban within a reasonable time, '' the doctor said. Fauci.