Fauci: Americans May Need to Wear Masks Through 2022

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Feb. 23, 2021 — Americans may still need to wear face masks through 2022 to protect against the spread of the coronavirus and emerging variants, Anthony Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday.

As cases decline and vaccines roll out across the country, the U.S. will likely reach a “significant degree of normality” by the end of the year, he said, though masks could remain an important part of everyday life for some time.

“You know, I think it is possible that that’s the case” that people will be wearing masks in 2022, Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Fauci, who also serves as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said he can’t predict when the U.S. will return to pre-pandemic life but that it’s coming.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Biden has urged Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration to reduce the spread of the virus. He’s also signed executive orders that require interstate travelers and people on federal property to wear a mask…

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