By Tiffany Williams –
Today Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was joined by Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Paul A. Friedrichs, command surgeon of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for a virtual forum with Blue Star Families to address military and veteran communities about the omicron variant of COVID-19.
During the virtual forum Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the sheer volume of COVID-19 infections makes the virus and its variants a real challenge. He also said, “We’ve gone from the original strain through alpha, beta and delta. And now we’re dealing with omicron, which is very unusual, because of this extraordinary capability of spreading so efficiently from human to human.”
Fauci added that the United States still has a record number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and the nation has about 2,000 deaths per day from the virus.
Fauci believes that by mid-February, various states should start to show signs of turning around and begin to come down in their virus case numbers and hospitalizations.