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WATCH: NIH Director Francis Collins Has One Last Warning As He Retires

WATCH: NIH Director Francis Collins Has One Last Warning As He Retires

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins is retiring, but he’s got a warning on the way out. He says that he expects the next few months to get rough in terms of the pandemic. Still, he says it’s not hopeless.

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The Omicron variant of COVID-19 seems to have mild symptoms compared to earlier variants. It has been compared to a bad cold. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s nothing to be concerned about, because it also seems to be more transmissible — and increased transmission is likely to lead to increased mutation, and not every variant springing from Omicron might be as mild.

Francis Collins is stepping down from his role as Director of the NIH, but he’s warning on his way out that the next few months could get pretty serious. He wants to remind people that there are choices they can make to make this easier for everyone.

“So we’re in for a world of trouble, I’m afraid, in the next month or two, but there are things people can do, and I hope we can talk about that, because this is not one of those situations where we’re just helplessly facing the oncoming virus. We have things we can do, and especially those are vaccines and boosters and being careful about masking again.”

According to NPR, he has predicted that the U.S. could be seeing a million cases a day, if we don’t start taking the virus seriously. “I know people are tired of this. I’m tired of it too,” he said, but warned, “The virus is not tired of us.”

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