(CNN) – The doctor. Anthony Fauci He assured that it is “possible” that Americans still need to wear masks in 2022 to protect themselves against the coronavirus. This even though the United States can reach “a significant degree of normality” by the end of 2021.
When Dana Bash asked him on the show State of the Union of CNN If you think Americans will still need to wear masks next year, Fauci, the the country’s leading infectious disease expertHe replied, “You know, I think that may be the case and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality.”
Fauci’s comments come as the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States is approaching 500,000 and the country is approaching a full year in its fight against the virus. And although the country is constantly vaccinating to combat the pandemic, the expert stressed the importance of mitigation measures to combat the aggressive virus and its emerging variants.
Fauci told CNN that while he cannot predict when the United States could return to operating as it did before the pandemic, he believes that by the end of this year “we will have a significant degree of normality beyond the terrible burden we have all been through in the last year.
“As we move into fall and winter, by the end of the year, I fully agree (with President Joe Biden) that we will approach a degree of normality “Fauci urged.
The use of masks is essential to stop the spread of the virusaccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which say they can help protect both the people who use them and those around them from transmitting the virus.
President Biden signed an executive order last month that requires travelers to wear a face mask and requires masks in federal buildings. Biden too He challenged Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency to reduce the spread of the virus.