Anthony Fauci said that it is premature to speak of confinements in the US for the Omicron variant


Anthony Fauci said that it is premature to speak of confinements in the US for the Omicron variant. Still, he warned: "You have to prepare for everything."

The expert adviser to the White House indicated that they follow the data from South Africa in real-time to make decisions based on science. Therefore, it considers it possible that the variant is already in the United States. However, it has not yet been detected.

The head of infectious diseases in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that Americans should be prepared to spread the new variant of COVID-19, Ómicron. However, it is still too early to say what measures are needed, including possible confinements.

The United States must do what is necessary in the possible cases of the variant. Still, Fauci told ABC News that it is "too early to say" if we need new confinements or restrictions.

"As I have said several times, you have to prepare for the worst-case scenario. You have to be prepared to do anything and everything, "he added. He indicated that he would have to wait for new information to make decisions based on science and evidence regarding possible confinement.

The new omicron variant, first discovered in South Africa and announced in recent days, has been detected in many countries.

In an interview with NBC News on Saturday, Fauci said he might already be in the United States, although no cases have been confirmed. "I wouldn't be surprised if it's here and we haven't detected it yet. However, when you have a virus that is transmitted so quickly, and there are already cases in other countries as a result of travel, it will almost invariably end up reaching everywhere, "he explained.

To travelers, the specialist recommended being vaccinated and wearing masks in closed spaces to avoid contagion. In addition, he considered that a border closure would not ensure that this would prevent the entry of the variant into the country.

US health authorities will speak to their South African colleagues about the variant later on Sunday, he said in another interview on ABC News's "This Week" program.

Detecting this new variant from southern Africa worries the scientific community because it presents an amalgam of more than 30 mutations. Although some had already been observed in other variants, such as beta, this is the first time they have been seen together.

Fears of this new strain have led several countries worldwide, including in the EU, to shut down air traffic from southern African countries, especially South Africa and Botswana.

The United States, Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Canada, Austria, and Israel have temporarily suspended travel or announced that they would impose restrictions.