- If case numbers continue to rise, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, predicts a new strain on hospital systems.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that the omicron variant of the coronavirus is “raging around the world” and will put a strain on hospital systems in the coming weeks.
President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, stated on new’s “Meet the Press” that the omicron variant has “extraordinary capability” for transmission. Although the latest mutation appears to cause less severe symptoms in vaccinated people, Fauci cautioned that its transmissibility outweighs the cases’ mildness.
“Our hospitals, if things continue to look as they are now, will be very stressed with people in the next week or two because, again, we have so many people in this country who are qualified to be vaccinated but have not yet been vaccinated,” he said.
He claims that the new variant is already “raging through the world.” Case numbers have risen significantly in some areas of the United States, particularly in major metropolitan areas such as NY City in the last week.
Case surges have recently forced significant sports leagues to postpone games and Broadway shows to cancel performances. For example, ON SUNDAY, the NBA announced that five games would be delayed due to players and staff members entering health and safety protocols.
On Saturday, the National Hockey League and its players’ union announced that roughly 12 games with Canadian teams would be postponed from Monday to Thursday, the start of the NHL’s holiday break, “due to the concern about cross-border travel” potentially exposing people.
On Wednesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada advised against “non-essential travel” and warned Canadians planning to travel abroad that they may not be able to return as planned.
Schools such as Cornell University and Harvard University have also made decisions to return to online learning as campus communities grow in the last week.