Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser, has seemingly gone full Ebeneezer Scrooge this year by issuing a warning against large gatherings, even for folks who have been fully vaccinated and received the booster shot.
If this vaccine is so important in the fight COVID, why does it seem like it isn’t working at all? Strange, right?
Fauci made his warning during a briefing at the White House.
“There are many of these parties that have 30, 40, 50 people in which you do not know the vaccination status of individuals,” Fauci stated. “Those are the kind of functions in the context of omicron that you do not want to go to.”
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases added that fully vaccinated families — with booster shots — should be safe to attend smaller gatherings despite the surge in infections largely due to the omicron variant.
“There is no doubt that we are dealing with a highly transmissible virus,” Dr. Fauci, who went on to say that data gleaned from South Africa suggests the new variant shows a “decrease in the severity compared to delta, both in the relationship and ratio between hospitalizations and the number of infections, the duration of hospital stay, and the need for supplemental oxygen therapy.”
However, the doctor did add that “we must wait to see what happens in our own [U.S.] population, which has its own demographic considerations.”
Breakthrough infections are rising among the fully vaccinated population, including those who have had a booster shot.
On Tuesday, Fauci said U.S. health authorities were considering reducing the 10-day recommended quarantine period for Americans who test positive for COVID-19.
Reducing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 10-day quarantine recommendation would help asymptomatic people return to work or school, with the proper precautions.
“That’s certainly an important consideration which is being discussed right now,” Fauci stated during an interview on leftist news network CNN.
President Biden announced Tuesday that the government would be providing a staggering 500 million free rapid COVID tests, while increasing support for hospitals who are under strain from the increase in cases, and redouble vaccination and boosting efforts.