CNBC host Shepard Smith confessed he is sick of COVID-19 and all that comes with it.
“I’m sick of worrying about COVID. I’m sick of hearing about it. I’m sick of reading about it. I’m sick of talking about it,” Smith said. “And I’m definitely sick of reporting on it every single day.”
The news anchor admitted that COVID-19 has become too political and filled with too much confusion.
Smith asked Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky to explain why he could not just “live normal and then, when [I] get it, hunker down until it’s over.”
“You know, we still are learning a lot. There continues to be studies of omicron coming in. We don’t know yet the long-term manifestations of omicron,” Walensky said. “That would be one reason to try and avoid getting it all together, as well as the fact you could transmit it to other people.”
Walensky admitted that despite taking precautions, people are still getting the virus.
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“Vaccines and boosting prevents severe illness in omicron, so it’s really important to continue to get vaccinated and continue to get boosted,” Walensky said.
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The CDC recently stated that the omicron variant of COVID-19 makes up 73% of new infections.