Dr. Anthony Fauci is getting candid about the pandemic.
The 80-year-old immunologist expert made an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, where he discussed the reality of the virus.
During the appearance, he warned it is “possible” that Americans will be wearing masks in 2022.
“It depends on the level of dynamics of virus that it’s the community…if you see the level coming down really, really very low, I want it keep going down to a baseline that’s so low that there’s virtually no threat – it’ll never be zero – but a minimal, minimal threat that you will be exposed to someone who’s infected. So 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’re going to be able to say, for the most part, we don’t necessarily have to wear masks,” he went on to say.
“I think we’re going to have a significant degree of normality, beyond the terrible burden all of us have been through in the last year, that as we get into the fall and winter… we will be approaching a degree of normality,” he also 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,’ ” he continued.
At the same time, the New York Times reported that the U.S. is likely to hit half a million deaths due to coronavirus in the next few days.
“It’s nothing like we’ve ever been through in the last 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic. People decades from now are going to be talking about this as a terribly historic milestone in the history of this country,” he said.
“It really is a terrible situation that we’ve been through and that we’re still going through, and that’s the reason why we keep insisting to continue with the public health measures because we don’t want this to get much worse than it already is.”
Fauci also recently revealed he was blocked from being able to do this.
Dr. Fauci says that it’s “possible” that Americans will be wearing masks in 2022.
“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'” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/8Upirj9VGb
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) February 21, 2021