Fauci Is 'Confident' Omicron Cases Will Peak By February, Infections Trending In 'Right Direction'

Headline Roundup January 23rd, 2022

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he's "as confident as you can be" that the latest wave of Omicron coronavirus cases in the U.S. will peak by mid-February.

Fauci, one of the pandemic's most divisive figures, told anchor Martha Raddatz on ABC’s "This Week" that the level of infections recorded in the U.S. are "going in the right direction." He outlined a best-case scenario where COVID-19 cases fall to manageable levels in the coming months and that the nation learns "to live with" the virus. Before those numbers begin to drop, Fauci said hospitals that are still facing a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations may endure "a bit more pain and suffering." The infectious disease expert also noted that it's "quite conceivable" the immunity obtained from the booster shots currently available to the public will hold up against the virus. He added that health officials still "want to determine what the durability" of those shots are before recommending a fourth COVID-19 vaccine.

Fauci's comments were covered prominently across the spectrum, with many outlets noting that he "sounded cautiously optimistic." Left-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize how Fauci said it's important for people to get vaccinated and receive booster shots in case "a still-more dangerous variant" emerges. Right-rated outlets were more likely to accentuate how Fauci outlined a "return to normal" and "tamped down" discussions around a second booster shot.

From the Center

NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Sunday he is "confident as you can be" that most states will reach a peak in Omicron coronavirus cases by mid-February.

Why it matters: Asked about the prospect on ABC's "This Week," Fauci said that while you "never want to be overconfident," the pattern of how Omicron cases peak in other countries suggests that the U.S. is headed in "the same direction."

The NIAID director's comments come as the variant is still wreaking havoc in parts of the country. However, several experts have echoed Fauci's optimism regarding an...

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From the Right

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said the latest wave of Omicron-driven COVID-19 cases appear to be trending in the “right direction” in the US — as he predicted that most states will hit their peak of infections by mid-February.

“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 told anchor Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.”

While some states in the northeast have already seen cases decline, Fauci said that he is “as confident as you can be”...

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From the Left

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, said Sunday he is "as confident as you can be" about the prospect of most states reaching a peak of omicron cases by mid-February.

"You never want to be overconfident when you're dealing with this virus," Fauci told ABC "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz, adding that the COVID-19 virus has "surprised us in the past."

"Things are looking good. We don't want to get overconfident, but they look like they're going in the right direction right now," he said.

Fauci said...

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