Christmas travel will increase the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, even among the fully vaccinated. On Sunday, Chief advisor to the White House Anthony Fauci expressed that the rapid spread of the latest variant could leave US hospitals overwhelmed.
“There’s no doubt about this, [Omicron] has an extraordinary capability of spreading,” he said.
Dr Fauci advised people to take precautions such as wearing face masks and social distancing. He also urged more Americans to obtain their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shots.
“The difference between a vaccinated and boosted person who has an infection, and someone who has an infection who has never been vaccinated – it’s a major difference with regard to the risk of severity,” he said.
Almost 73% of the US population has received at least one Covid vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
So far, almost 30% have had a booster shot.