Dr. Fauci: Omicron Outbreak ‘Going in the Right direction’

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During the weekend, speaking on ABC’s This Week, Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly said that “things are looking good” in US too referencing sharp drop down trend of the Omicron in other countries.

Things are looking good. We don’t want to get overconfident, but they look like they’re going in the right direction right now.

– Dr. Anthony Fauci on ABC’s This Week (source: Bloomberg News)

During the interview, Dr. Fauci told “Infections are ‘starting to come down rather sharply‘ in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest, in line with the variant’s trajectory in South Africa and other places. He said he expected that states in the South and West where cases are still rising will soon follow the same downward path, depending in part on vaccination rates.”

“I believe that you will start to see a turnaround throughout the entire country. There may be a bit more pain and suffering with hospitalizations in those areas of the country that have not been fully vaccinated or have not gotten boosters. .. You’re not eradicating it but it gets down to such a low level, that it’s essentially integrated into the general respiratory infections that we have learned to live with.”

The Washington Post, quoting Hans Kluge of the World Health Organization’s Europe director, writes that Kluge has also expressed optimism for Europe “telling Agence France-Presse that “it’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame.”

Dr. Fauci also reportedly expressed similar optimism saying “he was hopeful that in ‘the next weeks to month or so’, the country would see a low enough level of contagion that the coronavirus would be ‘essentially integrated into the general respiratory infections that we have learned to live with‘, allowing society to carry on somewhat normally.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Jan 24, 9 a.m.) 659,896,715 doses have been distributed and 535,307,175 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Jan 19) a total of 9,081,646 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Jan 24) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,229,444 (out of 17,563,384 tested) with 11,193 deaths.