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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Fauci says masks should still be worn even if vaccinated against COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that masks should still be worn by people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 because they serve as an important tool in stopping the spread of the virus and praised the shots .

During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” a member of the White House coronavirus response team said he did not believe masks would be discontinued any time in the near future and urged individuals to wear them regardless of vaccination status. urged to continue.

Fauci’s remarks come days before Christmas when millions of families across the United States prepare to travel to visit each other and celebrate the day of celebration together.

According to one report, between December 23 and January 2, more than 109 million people – an increase of about 34 percent from the previous year – traveled 50 miles or more via road, plane or other forms of transportation. Hopefully, according to a report by AAA Travel.

Fauci was asked whether vaccinated individuals should feel comfortable doing so, to which he replied, “No, I do. If you are vaccinated and promoted and are prudent when traveling, To be wearing a mask at all times when you are at the airport, you have to wear a mask on the plane.”

“Don’t do things like go to gatherings where there are people you don’t know what their vaccination status is,” he said. “If you do that, and some people are going the extra step or even the extra mile, or maybe even getting tested when you have people coming over to your house.

“Now we have very wide availability or point of care testing that you can get results in about 15 minutes. So you might want to do that,” Fauci continued, adding that if people take that kind of precaution, they will You’ll be able to feel fairly comfortable with family setting, dinners, and gatherings you may have during the holiday season, although he added that “nothing is risk-free.”

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases then said that “there are tools other than vaccines, and wearing a mask complements the protection you get from a vaccine and boost.”

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“So I don’t think you should be in such a situation that if you’ve been vaccinated, you never have to worry about wearing a mask. In some circumstances, vaccinated or unvaccinated, masks reduce this possibility.” work to reduce whether you’re going to get infected or if you’re infected and without symptoms, you’re going to spread it to someone else. So it’s not either. You can do both and do both should,” Fauci said.

Passengers board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, North Carolina at San Diego International Airport in California on May 20, 2020. (Sandy Huffker/Getty Images)

Fauci’s remarks came shortly after CEOs of some of the major US airlines noted last week that a plane is “the safest place where you can be” while questioning how useful it is to wear a mask during flights. .

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby made remarks during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on aviation issues, where they explained that the air quality on flights is far worse than in many indoor locations. was better. Theatres, churches and even hospitals because of the planes’ high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.

Referring to the high number of airborne particles captured by HEPA filters, Southwest’s Kelly said, “I think the case is very strong that masks add much, if not anything, to the air cabin environment. Very safe and very high quality compared to other indoor setting.”

“I agree,” said American Airlines’ Parker. “A plane is the safest place you can be. That’s true of all of our planes—they all have the same HEPA filter and airflow.”

However, Sarah Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, pointed out that not all aircraft are fitted with the same quality air filters, and she believes masks should continue to be worn during flights under “layered safety protocols”. ,

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Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.


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