(RepublicanWire.org) – As Americans emerge from the Omicron variant, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has alarm bells ringing again this week after warning Americans that there could be additional lockdowns if a new strain of COVID-19 spreads.
Serving as an advisor to President Joe Biden, Fauci revealed in a Thursday interview with CNN that the BA.2 subvariant posed a risk of increasing infections.
In his remarks about the possibility of lockdowns, Fauci said Americans should “be able to pivot” between a common way of living and the restrictions introduced to stop the spread of the virus.
During the interview, Fauci noted that there is “a turnaround and a resurgence,” stating that Americans should “be able to pivot and go back to any degree of mitigation that is commensurate with what the situation is.”
Fauci continued his remarks, expressing it wasn’t a matter of saying, “We’re done. We’re going to move on,” rather, Americans would have “to be flexible because we’re dealing with a dynamic situation.”
He also noted that the newest variant is less fatal than Omicron, which brought about “a very interesting situation, where the cases are going up, but it does not, at this point in time, appear to be any degree of severity.”
Continuing his statements, Fauci said he “would not be surprised in the next few weeks, given the fact that we’ve begun to open up, and we have an increase in the BA.2 variant, that we’ll be seeing an increase in cases.”
During his interview, Fauci also appeared rather dismissive of concerns over the devastating economic burdens experienced during lockdowns and other pandemic precautions.