Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said again on Monday that Americans might be wearing masks into 2022, and although there may be far less spread of the coronavirus, people must be prepared for the possibility of another surge of cases.
On Sunday, Fauci told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union that it was possible that people could be wearing masks into 2022.
“The point I was trying to make is that people ask you to make a projection when there are so many variables in there that are unpredictable,” Fauci told Gayle King on CBS This Morning on Monday.
“So, when I said we might be, I didn’t say we absolutely are going to be wearing them, I’m saying it is quite conceivable that if we actually go into the fall and the winter and there is still a degree of virus in the community, despite the fact that many people have been vaccinated – we certainly will likely, very likely be much better off then than we are now – but it is conceivable that there will be enough virus in the community that in order to be extra safe, we may have to be wearing masks under certain circumstances," he continued.
“That’s the only point that I was making, I was not trying to scare people. I’m saying we’ve got to be prepared, that variables are there and we can get another surge,” Fauci added.
While he said that he doesn’t think there will be another surge, and he hopes there won’t be, the United States has to be prepared for one.
“That’s what I meant by don’t just give up on public health measures, because we’re going in the right direction,” Fauci said.