Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed the ongoing concern surrounding the Omicron variant of COVID-19 this week, saying the strain will likely peak in late January as cases continue to rise in all 50 states.
“I would imagine, given the size of our country and the diversity of vaccination versus not vaccination, that it likely will be more than a couple of weeks, probably by the end of January, I would think,” Fauci said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell”.
“It certainly peaked pretty quickly in South Africa,” Fauci added. “It went up almost vertically and turned around very quickly.”
The senior Biden advisor urged Americans to exercise caution this New Year’s Eve, asking adults to avoid “hugging and kissing” at festivities across the country.
“If your plans are to go to a 40- to 50-person New Year’s Eve party with all the bells and whistles and everybody hugging and kissing and wishing each other a happy new year, I would strongly recommend that this year we do not do that,” Fauci said at a White House medical briefing on Wednesday.
“Although the risk is never zero in anything, the risk is low enough that we feel you should continue to go through with those plans of having a home-related vaccinated, boosted gathering with family and close friends who are also vaccinated and boosted,” he added.
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