NIAID director and Biden medical Czar Anthony Fauci admitted that the omicron variant of the Chinese coronavirus is “almost certainly” less severe than other forms of the disease, a nod to data and research suggesting that many fears about the new variant are overblown and abetted by the media. Fauci was speaking during a medical briefing on Tuesday.
“It appears that with the cases that are seen, we are not seeing a very severe profile of disease,” said Fauci, contrasting the severity of omicron with the delta variant of coronavirus.
Fauci did qualify his assessment of the omicron variant, stating that the appearance of its relative benignity could be a result of larger samples of young people infected with the disease. Older populations infected with the omicron variant could incur more serious hospitalizations and deaths, Fauci stated.
“However, this could be influenced by the fact that many in this particular cohort are young individuals, the hospital stay seems to be less and the use of supplemental oxygen needs to be less. Again I caution you, these are still preliminary,” said Fauci.