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Dr. Fauci reveals what you need to do to stay safe from the omicron variant

Dr. Fauci has some tips about how to stay safe during the omicron variant outbreak

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Dr. Anthony Fauci at the daily briefing at the White House.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Fauci has offered some new advice about the omicron coronavirus variant as panic has risen.

Susan Walsh, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci has offered some new advice about the omicron coronavirus variant as panic has risen.

  • “We knew that it was just a matter of time before the first case of omicron would be detected in the United States,” Fauci said, per The New York Times.

Fauci said he is encouraging COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to stop the variant from spreading. Per The New York Times, Fauci said Americans shouldn’t wait for companies to develop a shot for the omicron variant.

  • “Get boosted now,” Fauci said. “We may not need a variant-specific boost.”

Now, Fauci said that families can still spend time together this holiday season. But it might depend on the size of those gatherings.

  • “In a situation with the holiday season, indoor-type settings with family that you know is vaccinated, people that you know, you could feel safe with not wearing a mask and having a dinner, having a reception,” he said.

Fauci has been speaking out recently about the omicron variant, offering Americans advice about how to stay safe as the new variant has worried experts. As I wrote for the Deseret News, the variant has dozens of mutations that might increase its transmissibility.

  • Fauci told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that the omicron variant “is a clarion call ... of saying: Let’s put aside all of these differences that we have and say, if you’re not vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you’re fully vaccinated, get boosted, and get the children vaccinated also.”