Anthony Fauci has been criticized for insisting that children should still wear masks outside, with an adversary accusing him of speaking “ total, complete, blood-boiling nonsense. ”
The country’s top public health expert, who has been named Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, spoke to Today Wednesday morning.
In an interview that left viewers with more questions than answers, host Savannah Guthrie sought to clarify the new Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) guidelines.
On Tuesday the CDC has updated its advice, to say that fully vaccinated people can now be safely outside, in small groups, without a face mask. Face masks are still recommended with large crowds.
Fully vaccinated means you’ve had the full course – two injections for Pfizer and Moderna, one for Johnson & Johnson – and have to wait two weeks for it to take effect.
People under the age of 16 cannot yet be vaccinated and must therefore continue to wear face masks in public – indoors and out.
Guthrie told Fauci she found the CDC guidelines confusing and described it as “a strange situation.”
Anthony Fauci appeared on Today Wednesday morning and spoke with Savannah Guthrie
She told him she was not fully vaccinated and told a story.
‘I went to pick up my little girl at the bus stop yesterday, I took off my mask, I waited for her when no one else was around. She got off the bus wearing her mask, ”Guthrie said.
“She had to wear her mask, not me on the way home.”
Guthrie herself seemed to be breaking the rules because, because she was not fully vaccinated, she had to wear her mask in public, even outdoors.
Fauci did not correct her, but tried to explain why children still had to wear masks.
“If there are children in the community – if you have 30, 40, 50,000 new infections a day – they are not vaccinated now because children cannot be vaccinated now,” he said.
The pair discussed facial masks for children, with both appearing to confuse the other
For that reason, they are more at risk of getting infected because they are in the community, where there is a lot of infection.
“When the community level starts to drop way down, the risk for everyone, including the children, will be drastically reduced.”
He said children would likely be vaccinated later this year.
The pair then made the waters more muddy.
“If your child belongs to your household, then you can walk outside with your child without wearing a mask – the answer is yes,” Fauci said, violating the guidelines.
According to the guidelines, you can only be out in public without a mask if you are fully vaccinated.
Guthrie then replied, “But the child can’t?”
“Yes,” said Fauci.
A child with a face mask plays basketball in New York City in July
The confusing interview left many baffled.
New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz attacked Fauci, saying America should ignore his advice.
“This is total, complete, blood-boiling nonsense and contradicts Fauci’s comment on Sunday that” the risk when you are outside – which we have been saying all along – is extremely low, “she tweeted.
‘It’s low for everyone, but especially for children. Don’t listen to this man anymore. ‘
Nick Searcy, the outspoken conservative actor and director, went on to say, ‘Forcing children to wear masks is insane child abuse, and parents and teachers who put masks on these children should be ashamed.
“It’s nauseating, nonsensical, and shows a lack of critical thinking and an alarming docility in the face of tyranny.”