Dr. Anthony Fauci said kids will still have to wear masks on Thursday – hours after the CDC finally said fully vaccinated Americans can dump the coverings indoors.
In his first interview since the mask accompaniment update, Fauci recounted CNN he wouldn’t go so far as to say [the pandemic] is essentially over ‘, adding,’ I think this is a very important step towards attempting to return to some degree of normalcy.
‘So I wouldn’t want to declare victory prematurely, but I say this is clearly a step in the direction we want to go,’ he added.
Asked if parents should keep putting their kids in masks to protect them from COVID-19, Fauci said, “The kids do when they play with their friends, especially in an indoor setting.”
A study published this week found that nearly three-quarters of infected children will never develop typical COVID symptoms such as fever or cough. It is also believed that children do not spread the virus as easily as adults.
“I would certainly think that would be an option if the children are vaccinated not to have a mask,” Fauci added later.
Fauci gave his first interview since the mask accompaniment update on Thursday. He told CNN he “ wouldn’t want to declare victory prematurely, ” and it’s not over yet
Elizabeth Brauer (C) holds the hand of her son Luke Brauer, 13, before receiving a Covid-19 vaccination at the Fairfax Government Center vaccination clinic in Fairfax, Virginia
He also noted that children as young as 12 are now eligible to receive an injection from Pfizer, and said to Jake Tapper, “ One of the other important things that has happened recently is the approval of childhood vaccines. from 12-15 years old.
And we are now also conducting age de-escalation research so that hopefully we can vaccinate children of all ages by the end of the year.
At the moment, the children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine. So that’s another good news story. ‘
To date, more than 118 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, accounting for just over a third of the U.S. population, and 45 percent of adults have had at least one dose.
Cases drop rapidly, to a seven-day average of 38,000 or 11 per 100,000.
Fully vaccinated Americans can finally stop wearing their mask almost anywhere – indoors or out, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday
Fully vaccinated Americans can finally stop wearing their masks almost anywhere – indoors or out, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday.
Fauci said it is now important for schools to reopen “ at full throttle, ” adding that they need to learn five days a week and in person. He said, “We really should do that by the time we get to the trap.”
When asked whether supermarkets and pharmacies should allow people without masks, Fauci answered ‘absolutely’.
But he did acknowledge the judgment that it will be ‘a really difficult one’ for companies, adding, ‘People feel very depressed if you essentially judge them based on whether they have been vaccinated.
Asked if parents should keep putting their kids in masks, Fauci said: ‘The kids do when they play with their friends, especially in an indoor setting.’
‘We want to get vaccinated – we want people to be vaccinated – as many people as we can, but I think there will be a backlash to question someone when they walk in because you can never validate or prove they are your the tell the truth. ‘
However, the CDC’s recommendation is just that – an unenforceable recommendation. States, cities and businesses may still need masks.
And in discussing individual states ending their mask mandates, Fauci acknowledged, “ The problem they’ll find, Jake, from a public health point of view, since you can’t fully confirm that someone has been vaccinated unless you assume they are tell you that, if you drop the mask mandate, then you could have an increase in infection among those who have not been vaccinated.
So that’s the kind of tricky situation you find yourself in when you try to talk about policy at a local level when you have a high degree of transmission. That is not an easy decision. ‘
Those who have ended their shot regimen can now go out to dinner, see a movie, shake hands and snuggle at will, according to the new guidelines.
The new directive still calls for masks to be worn in busy indoor environments such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but could ease restrictions on reopening workplaces and schools.
People who have been fully vaccinated but immunocompromised people can still be advised by their doctor to keep masking.
Even President Biden – along with several lawmakers who met him to discuss infrastructure in the Oval Office – took off his mask at the news, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a Democrat from New York, told me. the Guardian.
To date, more than 118 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, accounting for just over a third of the U.S. population, and 45 percent of adults have had at least one dose
The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his health department is reviewing the new guidelines but has not released an official update.
Equinox Gym informed members Thursday afternoon that masks are still needed while working out in the gyms in New York.
The White House has officially lifted its mandate that masks are mandatory on site, allowing staffers and journalists to reveal their faces on Thursday for the first time since Biden took office.
“Today is a great day for America,” Biden said at an afternoon press conference, calling the new guidance a “big milestone.”
Vaccinated Americans’ ability to unmask comes as a product of enough vaccinated people to take other steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Now that vaccination has become widespread, scientists in the US – and Israel in particular – have had a chance to see the real evidence that the shots prevent almost all transmission.
What’s more, as vaccination coverage has soared, President Biden noted that average daily COVID-19 deaths in the US have fallen to the lowest level since April 2020 – just after the pandemic broke out in the US – to 586 a day, according to CDC data.
“ Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor or outdoor activities, large or small, without taking physical distance, ” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced at a White House press conference on Friday, praising the rapid vaccination. effort to make masks come. out, and Covid cases to stay in.
Biden’s government has faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people – people who are two weeks after their last required dose of COVID-19 vaccine – in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot.
The CDC’s new guideline also comes two weeks after the agency recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks indoors in all settings and outdoors in large crowds.