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If, Per Fauci, ‘Everyone’ Will Get Omicron, Then We Can Abolish All Our Restrictions

Dr. Anthony Fauci answers questions during a Senate committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 11, 2022. (Greg Nash/Reuters)

Anthony Fauci says that everyone is going to get Omicron:

The omicron coronavirus variant will infect “just about everybody” regardless of vaccination status, top U.S. infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci said Tuesday.

But those who have been vaccinated will “very likely, with some exceptions, do reasonably well,” and avoid hospitalization and death, said Fauci, speaking at a virtual “fireside chat” with theMy Center for Strategic and International Studies. Fauci also said in a Senate hearing the same day that the unvaccinated are 20 times likelier to die, 17 times likelier to be hospitalized and 10 times likelier to be infected than the vaccinated.

If this is true — and I suspect it is — then there really is no need for most people to continue with anything other than the vaccines. There is no question that the vaccines help the people who take them substantially reduce their risk of death or severe illness; the data on that is beyond doubt. But everything else we are doing is either futile or delaying the inevitable. If we really can’t stop this thing from infecting everyone — and if one’s vaccination status ultimately matters only to one’s own health — then all the tools we are deploying are mere theater. Mask mandates? Useless. Plexiglass screens? Useless. Vaccine passports? Why should anyone care? Go get vaccinated — or don’t; it’s your life — and we can all get back to normal.


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