CLAIM: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that the omicron variant is “just as deadly” as the delta variant.
VERDICT: FALSE. While omicron is highly infectious, deaths and hospitalizations have been less frequent than for delta.
Justice Sotomayor said Friday during oral arguments at the Court about the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates that increased hospitalizations “show that omicron is just as deadly for the unvaccinated” as the delta variant.
Sotomayor objected to the claim by Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers that the omicron variant represents a different circumstance than the formerly more prominent delta variant, since omicron appears to be less severe, as well as to his argument that existing coronavirus vaccines seem to be less effective in limiting transmission of omicron.