(FreedomJournal.org)- Dr. Anthony Fauci, arguably the most visible member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, admitted on Sunday that Americans might be forced to continue wearing face masks into 2022, despite the rapid rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Remember when they said it was just 15 days to slow the spread?
CNN anchor Dana Bash asked Fauci on Sunday what he considers to be “normal” and whether Americans “will still be wearing masks for example in 2022?”
“You know, I think it is possible that’s the case…and again, it really depends what you mean by normality,” Fauci admitted.
.@DanaBashCNN: “What does normal mean? Do you think Americans will still be wearing masks for example in 2022?”
Dr. Anthony Fauci: “You know, I think it is possible that’s the case. And, again, it really depends what you mean by normality.” pic.twitter.com/JQm9Cbo16O
— The Recount (@therecount) February 21, 2021
The wearing of face masks has proven a controversial topic in the United States and abroad, with many arguing that those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine already do not benefit from wearing a mask.
Studies have also indicated that the wearing of a mask does not dramatically impact or reduce the spread of the virus, with the simple practice of staying at home if you feel ill providing a better level of protection overall.
Specifically, a study from Denmark, known as the DANMASK-19 study, revealed that the “recommendation to wear a surgical mask when outside the home among others did not reduce, at conventional levels of statistical significance, the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in mask wearers in a setting where social distancing and other public health measures were in effect, mask recommendations were not among those measures, and community use of masks was uncommon.”
Fauci also told Bash that his goal was to see the virus reach a “baseline that’s so low there is virtually no threat,” admitting that it will “never be zero.”
However, he did also offer some hope that if enough people are vaccinated, then Americans could stop wearing masks.
Almost 44 million Americans have received the first dose of the vaccine so far, with more than 18 million having received both doses. CNN reported that there was a drop of 29% in COVID cases over the previous week, a significant reduction and one that’s likely to keep dropping as vaccinations continue.
The United States has passed the 500,000 COVID death toll as of this month, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.