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Omicron Reinfections Unlikely Over Several Months, Fauci Says

  • U.S. seeing steep declines in cases across northeast, CDC says
  • Still too early to ease mask mandates and other restrictions
Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci

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It’s extremely unlikely that a person can be reinfected with omicron, at least in the short-term, President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser said, as the U.S. begins to see sharp declines in cases in places hit earliest by the variant.

“There are reinfections, but it is unlikely that -- if you mounted a good immune response -- at least over a period of several months, it is extremely unlikely that you will be reinfected with the same variant,” Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a press briefing on Friday.