Fauci Floats Possibility of Future COVID Restrictions

Fauci Floats Possibility of Future COVID Restrictions

Dr. floated reintroducing , including lockdowns, yesterday even as he acknowledged the latest variant set to hit the U.S. is less severe than Omicron. (RELATED: The Omicron Conjecture)

“We can’t just say we’re done, now we’re going to move on. We’ve got to be able to be flexible because we’re dealing with a dynamic situation,” America’s most famous health official told CNN’s .

WATCH:

Fauci’s cautiousness over easing restrictions follows Trump White House COVID advisor Dr. Scott Atlas calling him “wrong” and “a failure” in a Fox News appearance Thursday night.

Fauci stubbornly, for most Republicans, remains the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a close advisor to President Biden. (RELATED: Meet the Republicans Who Voted Against Ousting Fauci)

The Daily Mail further reports:

Fauci added that the variant, which has seen a spike in the UK, could cause a surge in the U.S. as it appears to be as infectious as Omicron, but less fatal.

‘The overall mortality is actually down,’ Fauci said. ‘It’s a very interesting situation where the cases are going up, but it does not, at this point in time, appear to be any degree of severity.’

‘We generally follow what goes on the UK by about two to three weeks,’ he added. ‘I would not be surprised in the next few weeks, given the fact that we’ve begun to open up, and we have an increase in the BA.2 variant, that we’ll be seeing an increase in cases.’

The warning came as COVID restrictions have been lifted all across the country amid a sharp drop in daily cases after the Omicron surge earlier this year.

Where Things Stand

Even cities with the most dramatic restrictions, New York, Chicago and San Francisco recently scrapped their vaccine and masking mandates. (RELATED: England Poised to Become Latest Country to Remove All COVID Restrictions)

The percent of U.S. citizens fully vaccinated ranges from 51% in Alabama, Mississippi and Wyoming to 81% in Rhode Island.

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