Fauci warns Americans could face more lockdowns amid spread of new COVID-19 variant

Fauci, who also serves as an adviser to President Biden, said the BA.2 subvariant could soon increase the rate of infections in America. He suggested that Americans shouldbe able to pivotback and forth between a more common way of life and the measures that were taken in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus at the height of the pandemic.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci testifies before the Senate Health, Onderwys, Arbeid, and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill on Nov. 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci testifies before the Senate Health, Onderwys, Arbeid, and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill on Nov. 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

If in fact, we do see a turnaround and a resurgence, we have to be able to pivot and go back to any degree of mitigation that is commensurate with what the situation is,” Fauci said Thursday during an interview with CNN.

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We can’t just say, ‘We’re done. We’re going to move on.We’ve got to be able to be flexible because we’re dealing with a dynamic situation,” hy het bygevoeg, noting the new variant to be less fatal than the Omicron variant. “The overall mortality is actually down. 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.

Fauci said hewould 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.

During the segment, Fauci seemingly dismissed concern over the crippling economic burdens associated with lockdown measures or other precautions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, direkteur van die Nasionale Instituut vir allergie en aansteeklike siektes, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Woensdag, Des. 1, 2021.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, direkteur van die Nasionale Instituut vir allergie en aansteeklike siektes, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Woensdag, Des. 1, 2021. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, lêer)

A Johns Hopkins University meta-analysis of several studies in February found that lockdowns during the first COVID-19 wave in the spring of 2020 only reduced COVID-19 mortality by .2% in die VSA. en Europa.

While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public gesondheid effekte, they have imposed enormous ekonomiese and social costs where they have been adopted,” het die navorsers geskryf. “In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.

A studeer from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice last year found that domestic violence incidents toegeneem 8.1% in die VSA. after lockdown orders were issued.

There have also been additional medical concerns over the impacts of lockdown measures.

The New England Journal of Medicine reviewed the psychological impact of people in quarantine, bevinding “numerous emotional outcomes, insluitend stres, depressie, irritability, insomnia, vrees, confusion, anger, frustration, boredom and stigma associated with quarantine, some of which persisted after the quarantine was lifted.

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Fauci has faced criticism after he shifted positions en contradicted himself on a number of guidelines, including the usage of face masks and the threat of COVID-19 in America.

Over the past day, die VSA. opgeneem 52,884 nuwe gevalle van koronavirus, sowel as 1,685 sterftes, Volgens Johns Hopkins Universiteit.

Fox News’ Paul Best and Shiv Sudhakar contributed to this article.

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