Fauci says folks vaccinated would possibly take into account sporting masks indoors
The leading expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, responds to allegations made by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 20, 2021.
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White House senior medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said people who are fully vaccinated should consider wearing masks indoors as a precaution against the rapidly spreading Delta variant in the US
“If you want to go that extra mile of safety indoors, especially in crowded places, despite being vaccinated, consider wearing a mask,” Fauci said in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday.
Some areas of the United States are reintroducing mask requirements due to spikes in cases. The more transmissible Delta variant now accounts for around 83% of the sequenced Covid-19 cases in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It is recommended that you wear a mask if you find yourself in an indoor situation where you have high virus dynamics in the community,” said Fauci.
Fauci also said US officials are concerned they are seeing more breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people in the US, even if they are milder cases.
“Of course we don’t want to see that,” he said, noting that the Delta variant is highly transferable. “This virus is very different from the viruses and the variants with which we had previous experience.
Despite the surge in new cases, Fauci doesn’t think US officials will renew calls for a nationwide mask mandate “because there will be a lot of headwinds.”
Local counties and private companies can choose force Mask compulsory, as the Delta variant is spreading more widely in unvaccinated pockets around the country. Currently, nearly two-thirds of counties in the United States have vaccinated less than 40% of their residents.
Colleges and universities have also brought the question of mandatory vaccinations to court. Indiana University recently got the go-ahead from a federal judge to require vaccines for college students entering the fall semester.
Fauci said he doesn’t see any comeback from lockdowns anytime soon.
“I don’t see that on the horizon at the moment,” said Fauci. “What I’m seeing is increased testing and increased local mandates and a lot of pressure to get people vaccinated.”