Fauci, insisted on reasons vaccinated people still have to wear masks, hints change is coming

Fauci, insisted on reasons vaccinated people still have to wear masks, hints change is coming

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Dr Anthony Fauci indicated that a change in coronavirus health policy on the use of face masks could be forthcoming, but he remained hesitant to say exactly when it might be.
The use of face masks has remained a politicized issue since the early months of the pandemic, with debates over a national mask mandate dominating the conversation and continuing to surface throughout the 2020 presidential election.

Fauci told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the use and recommendations for face masks may change as soon as vaccinations continue.

“This is something that as we get more information is going to pull back that you don’t have to do,” Fauci said. “But right now, the reason is that when you get vaccinated, you clearly reduce your risk of getting infected significantly. “

As he said recently, Fauci reiterated that the use of face masks by individuals, even after vaccination, had the effect of stopping the weak – but still possible – asymptomatic spread of the virus: vaccines have efficacy. of about 95%, which means there is a 5% to still be infected.

Another concern is with variants, such as the New York variant or the more disturbing South African variant, which may be more resistant to vaccines.

Israel has shown that vaccinations can pave the way for a return to normalcy. The country dropped its outer mask mandate on Sunday after vaccinating around 80% of its adult population.

Meanwhile, tension around face masks and other restrictions in the United States remains high, with Fauci and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio arguing over their use.

Jordan on Thursday asked the Fauci to provide a timetable for when Americans can “regain their freedom.”

“When we get the infection level in this country low enough that it’s not a really high threat,” Fauci replied.

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Fauci did not specify which level would be considered low enough not to pose a threat.

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