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‘We’ve got to watch this very carefully’: How experts see the rising COVID tide

Do you need to worry about the rising coronavirus cases?

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An illustration of the omicron variant.

Do you need to worry about the rising coronavirus cases?

Illustration by Zoe Peterson, Deseret News

Cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise in the United States — and across the world — as new variants and mutations take hold of the country.

The news: White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said on NBC’s “Today” show that there isn’t much reason for concern yet.

  • “I am not overly concerned right now,” he said.


Yes, but: “We’ve got to watch this very carefully,” Jha added.

  • “Obviously, I never like to see infections rising. I think we’ve got to be careful, but I don’t think this is a moment where we have to be excessively concerned.”

The bigger picture: There has been some concern that the BA.2 variant — a subvariant of the omicron variant — could cause a new wave of coronavirus infections in the United States.

What they’re saying: “It’s probably not going to be a national wave of infection,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC.

  • “It’s probably going to be centered in the Northeast, maybe Florida. I think by the time it starts to spread nationally, we’ll already be deep into the summer, and that’ll provide a seasonal backstop,” he said.

Yes, but: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Bloomberg TV’s David Westin that there will potentially be a COVID-19 wave in the fall.

  • “I would think that we should expect that we are going to see some increase in cases as you get to the colder weather in the fall,” he said.