Fauci Says You Should Now Wear a Mask Going Here
You have heard conflicting POVs about wearing a mask after you're vaccinated against COVID-19. The World Health Organization recently urged vaccinated people to wear one. Los Angeles Country has advised the same. However, the CDC said in America, there is no need. Dr. Fauci agreed. However, yesterday, on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, he added an addendum to his thinking; or, as critics may say, he changed his tune. As a vaccinated person, he would actually wear his mask in certain situations. Read on to see when Dr. Fauci wears his mask, and for 4 other pieces of life-saving advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.
Dr. Fauci Said He'd Wear a Mask in Areas Where Vaccination Rates are Low
Todd mentioned that Fauci was in Mississippi, to promote vaccinations, and the state has the lowest vaccination rate in the country. Only 29% of the residents have been fully vaccinated. "Would you be wearing a mask if you're fully vaccinated…in Biloxi, Mississippi?" asked Todd. Fauci answered: "I think there would be a good reason to do that. As we've said so often that vaccines, as good as they are, and highly effective—nothing is 100%. And if you put yourself in an environment in which you have a high level of viral dynamics and a very low level of vaccine, you might want to go the extra step and say, when I'm in that area where there's a considerable degree of viral circulation, I might want to go the extra mile to be cautious enough, to make sure that I get the extra added level of protection. Even though the vaccines themselves are highly effective." Keep reading to see why, and what danger there is to you.
The CDC Has Also Said You Should Consider Wearing Masks in These Situations
Although the CDC has not directed Americans to wear a mask after vaccination, the director did have some advice about policy. "If you're in a community that has a high amount of disease and less than a third of your population is vaccinated, one should consider whether the policy should be to mask," the CDC director Rochelle Walensky said. Masking is "more about protecting the two-thirds of the community that are not vaccinated." Why? Because you, even if vaccinated, could possibly transmit COVID—read on.
Dr. Fauci Said a Vaccinated Person Could Potentially Transmit COVID
Todd asked: "Can a fully vaccinated person be an asymptomatic spreader of the virus and this variant?" Fauci answered: "The answer is you'd have to say yes. I mean, if you're looking at studies that are being done, we will get the answer to that because we are looking at situations where you have vaccinated people who have breakthrough infections, namely they're infected, despite the fact that they've been vaccinated, most of these people will be without symptoms. If you look at the level of virus in their nasopharynx, it appears to be significantly less than individuals who are unvaccinated, who get infected and who have asymptomatic infection. So when you look at the level of virus to be lower, that would mean you could make a reasonable assumption, that those individuals would be less likely to transmit the infection to someone else—vaccinated person, breakthrough infection, unlikely, but it's not going to be zero because whenever you have biological phenomena, there's always a range."
Experts Agree That It's Better to Be Safe Than Sorry
Can you get a "breakthrough" infection after being vaccinated? Can you transmit the disease to someone else? The answer to these Qs is either a yes or probably yes. That's why experts are urging you to be better safe than sorry, and to wear a mask if you feel you may be exposed. "These variants are going to find a way" to survive, Dr. Andy Dunn, a family physician and chief of staff at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, told NBC News. "Do whatever it takes for Covid to go away," he added. "If I had to jump on my left foot five times a day, I would do it."
How to Survive Out There
So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.