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Holiday travel increases COVID risk given ‘raging’ Omicron – Dr. Fauci

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Dr. Anthony Fauci

US: White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that travelling during the holidays presents an increased risk of COVID-19 given the Omicron variant “raging” around the globe.

He said people need to be “prudent” if they plan to travel over the season.

“Clearly, when you travel, there is always a risk of increased infection. That just goes with respiratory illnesses,” Fauci told NBC anchor Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”

“But if people need to travel and want to travel for the obvious family reasons during this holiday season, if you’re vaccinated and you’re boosted and you take care when you go into congregate settings like airports to make sure you continually wear your mask, you should be OK.”

Still, Fauci cautioned that with the new variant, “we are going to see breakthrough infections.

“There’s no doubt about that,” he said, though he stressed, “the difference between a vaccinated and boosted person who has an infection and someone who has an infection who’s never been vaccinated, a major difference with regard to the risk of severity.

Fauci warned that it’s clear the Omicron variant has an “extraordinary capability of spreading.

“It is just raging through the world, really,” Fauci said. “And if you look, even here in the United States, you have some regions that start off with a few percent of the isolates that are positive now going up to 30, 40, in some places, 50 percent.” “When you travel, there is always a risk of increased infection,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said. Currently, only 65.2 percent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.


Tuesday, December 21, 2021 – 01:00

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