The omicron wave of Coronavirus cases will peak in the US by mid-February and end afterward, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci has predicted.
The number of COVID-19 infections in the US has been sharply declining in the Northeast and upper Midwest, following an alarming rise in cases since the highly contagious omicron variant was first reported in the U.S. in December, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief White House medical adviser, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Things are looking good. We don’t want to get overconfident, but they look like they’re going in the right direction right now,” Fauci said.
Some states in the South and West still have rising numbers of cases, “but if the pattern follows the trend that we’re seeing in other places such as the Northeast, I believe that you will start to see a turnaround throughout the entire country,” he said.
“There may be a bit more pain and suffering from hospitalizations in those areas of the countries that have not been fully vaccinated or have not gotten boosters,” Fauci added.
The US has had more than 700,000 new COVID cases per day, with a daily death toll of about 2,000. More than 865,000 people have died of COVID since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said once the omicron wave peaks, the level of infection should get below “what I call the area of control.”
He said the virus hasn’t been eliminated but is no longer so widespread and disruptive, he said.
“We’d like it to get down to that level where it doesn’t disrupt us, in the sense of getting back to a degree of normality,” Fauci said. “That’s the best-case scenario.”
“The wave would peak by mid-February
and end afterward.”