Fauci: 'Possible' Americans will need to wear masks into 2022

Source: The Hill | February 22, 2021 | Zack Budryk

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on Sunday said that it was “possible” Americans could still be wearing masks to defend against the coronavirus in 2022, but predicted “a significant degree of normality.”

“You know, I think it is possible that [continuing to wear masks is] the case. And, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality,” Fauci told host Dana Bash in an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I mean, obviously, I think we’re going to have a significant degree of normality beyond what the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year, that, as we get into the fall and the winter, by the end of the year, I agree with the president completely that we will be approaching a degree of normality. It may or may not be precisely the way it was in November of 2019, but it’ll be much, much better than what we’re doing right now,” he added.

On whether mask usage will continue in the year ahead, Fauci added, “it depends on the level of dynamics of virus that’s in the community. And that’s really important, because that gets back to something, again, that you said. If you see the level coming down really, really very low.”

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