‘Prepare For The Worst’: Fauci Says Travel Bans Won’t Stop Omicron, Too Early To Say If More Lockdowns Are Coming

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Americans Sunday that they should “prepare for the worst” after the emergence of another new coronavirus variant, dubbed omicron, but stopped short of calling for more lockdowns an travel bans.

Fauci spoke with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” addressing the measures that were already being taken — such as travel restrictions — and how effective he expected them to be.

“We’re seeing these travel bans. Are they going to make any difference?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“You know, it will slow things down, George,” Fauci replied, saying that imposing travel bans on people was not likely to stop the highly transmissible virus from traveling across borders. “No way that’s going to happen. What you can do is you can delay it enough to get us better prepared. That’s the thing that people need to understand. If you’re going to do the travel ban the way we’ve done now and that we’re implementing right now, utilize the time that you’re buying to fill in the gaps.”

Fauci went on to say that experts and scientists should be using the time such delays could buy them to study the new variant of the virus as closely as possible. – READ MORE