Quantcast

Fauci Says Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear Masks, Social Distance

'We hope that when the data comes in, it's going to show that...you're not transmitting it...'

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, said this week Americans shouldn’t resume indoor dining or other normal activities, even after being vaccinated for the coronavirus.

“There are things, even if you’re vaccinated, that you’re not going to be able to do in society,” Fauci said on Monday during a White House briefing. “For example, indoor dining, theaters, places where people congregate. That’s because of the safety of society.”

Fauci argued the vaccine does not yet guarantee a return to normality because the science is not clear on whether vaccinated people can still spread the coronavirus.

While vaccination dramatically increases one’s “own personal safety,” he said, it’s not a reason to stop complying with restrictions, including mask-wearing and social distancing.

“We hope that when the data comes in, it’s going to show that the virus level is quite low and you’re not transmitting it,” Fauci said. “We don’t know that now. And for that reason, we want to make sure that people continue to wear masks despite the fact that they’re vaccinated.”

When pressed on how long Americans could expect restrictions to stay in place, Fauci said it “depends on what you mean by ‘normality.’”

“We are still at an unacceptably high baseline level,” he said. “Because the burden of virus in society will be very high — which it is right now.”

Americans could be social distancing and wearing masks into 2022, he said.

Not until the vast majority of people in the country are vaccinated will Americans be able to take the masks off, he added.

“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.”

Critics argued Fauci’s doomsday predictions disincentivize on-the-fence Americans from getting the vaccine, since he is essentially admitting it won’t change anything.

TRENDING NOW

State Dept. Admits: At Least 363 Americans Still Stuck in Afghanistan

At least 363 Americans remain trapped in Afghanistan after America's disastrous attempt to withdraw from the Taliban-occupied country, according to Hot Air. State Dept. informed...

C’Ville Activists Want to Melt Down Lee Statue, Repurpose It as Woke Public Art

Woke leftist radicals in Virginia have abandoned earlier vows to contextualize the state's controversial history in favor of recasting it in their own image---after...

Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Needed Vax Mandates: ‘I Would Convince People’

Former President Donald Trump said he would "convince people" to receive the COVID-19 shots by explaining their benefits, rather than politicizing them further through...

British Gov’t Prohibits Teaching Woke Racial Theories as Fact

The British government has put strict restraints on the teaching of "white privilege" as fact-based knowledge, the Epoch Times reported. Several months ago, the UK Parliament’s...
- Advertisement -