President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that it is likely that the United States will see record numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths as the omicron variant spreads.
During an interview on “State of the Union,” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Fauci where the pandemic is headed.
“Do you expect new record high numbers for cases? And what about hospitalizations and deaths?” Tapper asked.
“Yes, well, unfortunately, Jake, I think that that is going to happen,” Fauci confirmed. “We are going to see a significant stress in some regions of the country on the hospital system, particularly in those areas where you have a low level of vaccination, which is one of the reasons why we continue to stress the importance of getting those unvaccinated people vaccinated.”
Fauci predicted that upcoming weeks are going to be difficult as omicron makes its way across the United States.
“It is going to be tough. We can't walk away from that, Jake. We can't, because, with omicron that we're dealing with, it is going to be a tough few weeks to months as we get deeper into the winter,” Fauci told Tapper.