Houston Chronicle

Fauci: Masks may still be needed in 2022

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser for COVID-19, said Sunday that Americans may still be wearing masks outside their homes a year from now, even as he predicted the country would return to “a significan­t degree of normality” by fall.

“I want it to keep going down to a baseline that’s so low there is virtually no threat,” Fauci said on the CNN program “State of the Union,” referring to the number of cases nationally that would make him comfortabl­e enough to stop recommendi­ng universal masking. “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.”

Fauci appeared on a series of TV news programs Sunday morning, where he was quizzed on the dangers of variants of the coronaviru­s, the schedule of the nation’s vaccine rollout and when vaccinatio­n would allow more students to return to schools.

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