White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on ABC on Sunday that “we are heading towards normal” and that vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks outdoors as “the risk is very low.”
“If you were a vaccinated person wearing wearing a mask outdoors, I mean, obviously the risk is minuscule,” said Fauci in response to George Stephanopoulos question on new CDC guidelines on masks.
“The CDC is a science based organization. They don’t want to make any guidelines unless they look at the data and the data backs it up. But when you look around at the common sense situation, obviously the risk is really very low, particularly if you’re vaccinated.
“So we’re heading towards normal,” asked Stephanopoulos.
“In some respects, we are, George, it really is a challenge, but we have vaccines now,” Fauci said.
“The more we take a look at the at the data as it accumulates, we see, it is even more effective than what the initial numbers of the clinical trial. And we’re doing very well. You know, we now have more than 30 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated. More than 50 percent of the adult population is getting at least one dose, which gives them certainly some protection until they get the next dose. So we now have been giving to people the answer to the issue of getting back to normal, namely the question you just asked me. But the only issue, George, that is something we need to pay attention to is that we’re having still about 60 thousand new infections per day. We don’t want that to go up.”