Dr. Anthony Fauci – the White House’s top medical adviser – revealed to CNN that in under Joe Biden’s rule, Americans may be forced to wears masks in 2022.
Fauci on Sunday spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” and said that even as the country is expected to be approaching a certain “degree of normality,” we could still be obligated to wear masks.
Fauci noted that while he can’t predict exactly when the U.S. could return to the way it operated during pre-pandemic life, he believes that, by the end of the year, the United States could have “a significant degree of normality beyond what the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year.”
“As we get into the fall and the winter, by the end of the year, I agree with [President Biden] completely, that we will be approaching a degree of normality,” Fauci said. “It may or may not be precisely the way it was in November of 2019 but it’ll be much much better than we’re doing right now.”
However, it’s worth noting that Fauci has been wrong on a number of issues in the past – at one point even saying that there was no point in masking, because masks are not effective in fighting the virus.
Fauci stressed that it is just an estimate and that “a lot of things can happen to modify that.”
“That’s the reason why we’ve got to be careful,” Fauci added. “Because you have variance that you need to deal with. There are so many other things that would make a projection that I give you today on this Sunday, wind up not being the case six months from now.”
Fauci explained that the community prevalence of the coronavirus will be the determining factor as to when Americans will not need to wear masks, noting that he would like to see the level of transmission drop to a baseline so low that there is a “minimal threat that you will be exposed to someone who is infected.”
“If you combine getting most of the people in the country vaccinated with getting the level of virus in the community very, very low, then I believe you are going to be able to say you know for the most part we don’t necessarily have to wear masks,” Fauci said. “When it goes way down, and the overwhelming majority of the people in the population are vaccinated, then I would feel comfortable in saying you know we need to pull back on the masks, we don’t need to have masks.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 63 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States as of Sunday.
According to the latest data COVID-19 has infected more than 28.5 million Americans since March 2020, and is alleged to have resulted in more than 511,000 related deaths – roughly 100,000 of which have occurred in Joe Biden’s first month as president.