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Dr. Fauci reveals what alarms him about the omicron variant

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke on Fox Business Network’s show ‘Cavuto: Coast to Coast’

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks to Congress on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pauses while speaking during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Washington. Fauci recently spoke on Fox Business Network’s program “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” about the omicron coronavirus variant, revealing what worries him most about the variant.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke on Fox Business Network’s program “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” about the omicron coronavirus variant, revealing what worries him most about the variant.

Fauci spoke about the omicron variant as cases continue to rise across the country. The first case was diagnosed in California and later the second case popped up in Minnesota in a patient who had previously traveled to New York City.

  • Fauci said those cases suggest “there’s community spread.”
  • “And once you have community spread, then you’re going to be seeing cases popping up all over the place, because they’re under the radar screen, because we know from delta that a substantial proportion of cases can be without symptoms and can spread to another person, even if you don’t have any symptoms,” he said.

Fauci then revealed what alarms him about the omicron variant’s current spread.

  • “The thing that caught my attention ... was the person who was in New York City and then got infected there, because there was no contact with anyone that he could identify was in, for example, southern Africa. And he himself certainly was not.
  • “So, that’s the kind of thing that raises some alarms about the under-the-radar-screen spreading throughout the country, which tells me ... that we are going to start seeing in the coming days more and more states and more and more cases that are going to have it,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that.”

Dr. Leong Hoe Nam, a Singapore-based infectious disease doctor at the Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” that the omicron variant will overtake the world in a few months.

  • Nam said that “omicron will dominate and overwhelm the whole world in three to six months,” he said.

Moderna said it is still a few months away from creating a vaccine that will specifically target omicron, Similarly, Pfizer said a omicron-centered vaccine shot will be ready in slightly over 100 days.

  • “Nice idea, but honestly, it is not practical,” Leong said about the omicron-centric vaccines. “We won’t be able to rush out the vaccines in time and by the time the vaccines come, practically everyone will be infected by omicron given this high infectious and transmissibility.”