REMOVEloomberg – Americans need to self-assess medical risks as Covid-19 cases rise in the US, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser said, reflecting a less virulent virus and a growing health crisis. community exhaustion with limitations.
“This is not going to be scrapped and it’s not going to be scrapped,” Anthony Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “And what’s going to happen is that we’re going to see that each individual is going to have to calculate how much risk they want to take.”
Fauci’s comments contrast with the more dire warnings he has issued in previous phases of the pandemic since 2020. The shift in tone of President Joe Biden’s administration is both political and medical: Americans are tired of restrictions – almost all of which have been lifted – while vaccines, immunity and treatments are helping to keep cases less severe.
After several cabinet members and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive for Covid-19, Fauci said White House processes were “sufficient to protect” the president. Biden spent an hour with Pelosi in the two days before she tested positive last week, including a hug and a cheek kiss.
“Procedures to protect the president are quite robust,” Fauci said, adding that Biden had four Covid-19 scans and that everyone in contact with him must be tested.
Driven by the sub-variable omicron BA.2, reported US infections averaged close to 100,000 on Friday, the most in a month. Health experts say many cases are being missed, in part due to the growing popularity of home testing.
Infections are still a fraction of the peak of the wave of omicron variation in January, when daily cases spiked to 1.3 million. Deaths and hospitalizations are continuing to decline.
The US rejection of most restrictions contrasts with China, which has fewer daily cases but has locked down the entire city of Shanghai and its 25 million residents, in line with its Covid-zero policy. nation. Cases are also rising again in Europe, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.
Some people may want to take extra precautions, Fauci said.
“How old am I?” he say. “I have vulnerable people at home and if I bring the virus home, could there be a problem?”
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