In a statement last month, President Joe Biden warned that Americans are in for a winter of “severe illness and death” given the high transmissibility of COVID’s omicron variant.
However, a new study suggests that omicron may be far less deadly than prior strains of the virus have been, and it even has Dr. Anthony Fauci taking notice
This week, the Daily Wire cited figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC data showing that just three percent of those who contract omicron are being admitted to hospitals.
Deaths and hospitalizations down significantly from last year
It noted how this represented a drop by more than half from the rate seen this time last year. Meanwhile, information on COVID deaths are even more promising, showing a two thirds reduction.
The Daily Wire pointed out that these findings are consistent with a study from the Africa Health Research in Durban, South Africa which was covered last week by the New York Post.
Research conducted by Alex Sigal and Khadija Khan concluded that omicron’s spread is boosting immunity against the more dangerous delta strain.
For his part, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to be a loud proponent of masking and other COVID related restrictions.
Fauci admits that omicron appears to be weaker
Yet he recently acknowledged the evidence that omicron may not pose the same threat as prior variants, telling George Stephanopoulos, “We first got inkling of that in South Africa.”
“When one looked at the relationship and the ratio between hospitalizations and cases, it was lower, the duration of hospital stay was lower, the requirements for oxygen was lower,” Fauci explained during a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
“We’re seeing a bit of that, not as pronounced, in the U.K., but certainly that trend,” the senior White House COVID advisor went on to admit.
“And if you look here at the United States, we don’t want to get complacent at all, and you don’t want to jump to a positive conclusion, because it’s still early.
“But given the large number of cases, we have not seen a concomitant increase in the relative percentage of hospitalizations. But, again, hospitalizations are often late, lagging indicators.”