In narrative shift, Fauci suggests focusing on omicron hospitalizations, not daily cases

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) head Dr. Anthony Fauci has long been known for warning against taking an optimistic approach to COVID-19.

However, Fauci recently made an acknowledgment about the omicron COVID-19 variant that could upend the way many Democrats regard the pandemic. 

According to the Daily Caller, Fauci admitted during a Sunday television appearance that the number of people struggling with serious symptoms from omicron was relatively low.

Much milder version

Fauci explained that his admission is despite the fact that the United States is experiencing an “unprecedented” number of infections, suggesting the virus is less deadly than previous variants.

“We first got an inkling of that in South Africa,” the NIAID director explained on ABC’s This Week, hosted by George Stephanopoulos.

“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 went on to agree that it is probably time for Americans to adopt a new benchmark when it comes to evaluating the pandemic.

Specifically, he said that as the “infections become less severe, it is much more relevant to focus on the hospitalizations as opposed to the total number of cases.”

White House’s promises

Still, none of that stopped Fuaci from mentioning the unvaccinated, suggesting they will make up a large share of the “people that are going to be needing hospitalization” and those pose a public health risk.

“Even though many of them are going to get asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic, a fair number of them are going to get severe disease,” the doctor concluded.

Fauci’s statements come even as the Biden administration appears to be quietly embracing the idea that there is more to fear from renewed lockdowns than there is from omicron.

An unnamed senior White House aide was recently quoted as telling the Washington Examiner that the administration was seeking to avoid economic fallout, saying, “We’re not going to lock down. That’s the big message that [Biden] continues to convey.”

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