Anthony Fauci: Omicron Variant 'Less Severe' but 'Don't Pull Back' from Wearing Masks

Anthony Fauci: Omicron Variant 'Less Severe' but 'Don't Pull Back' from Wearing Masks


Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted again this week that data suggests the omicron variant of the Chinese coronavirus is “less severe” than the delta variant, although he said that is not reason enough to pull back from masking.

“Multiple sources of now preliminary data indicate a decreased severity with Omicron,” Fauci said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team press briefing this week.

“However, we really do need more definitive assessment of severity with longer-term follow-up here and in different countries,” he said, adding a “big caveat”:

We should not be complacent since the increased transmissibility of varion [sic] may be — of Omicron might be overridden by the sheer volume of the number of cases that may be of reduced severity but

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