Dr. Fauci Suggest CDC Could Ease Coronavirus Indoor Mask Guidance as Vaccinations Increase

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(FOX NEWS) – With over one-third of U.S. adults fully vaccinated against coronavirus and the seven-day average for new infections substantially down from winter-time peaks, Dr. Anthony Fauci and former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb suggest it’s time to ease indoor mask guidance.

While the CDC updated its mask guidance last month, advising fully vaccinated populations can go without masks outdoors except in crowded settings, the agency still says fully vaccinated people should wear masks indoors around unvaccinated people from multiple households, and in indoor public settings like movie theaters, malls, museums and restaurants.

The agency also recently published a brief indicating small virus droplets can travel more than six feet under certain conditions, posing a risk for infection.

However, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical adviser to President Biden, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” he believes Gottlieb is correct in saying the country could see a shift in indoor mask guidance, and the guidance should be more “liberal” as the vaccination drive continues.

“No I think so, I think you’re going to probably see that as we go along and as more people get vaccinated,” Fauci told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “The CDC will be, almost in real-time George, updating their recommendations and their guidelines. We do need to start being more liberal as we get more people vaccinated.”

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