Making a guest appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press, Dr. Anthony Fauci once again stirred a hornet’s nest of controversy when he seemed open to the idea of using seasonal masking to combat the flu. As evidence of mask wearing potential to fight flu cases, Dr. Fauci cited the lower influenza case totals this season, attributing them to mask wearing.
“At what point, if vaccinated people get together, do you take the mask off? Are masks going to be something we have with us in a seasonal aspect?” Todd asked Fauci.
“You know, that’s quite possible, I think people have gotten used to the fact that wearing masks, clearly if you look at the data, diminished respiratory diseases. We’ve had practically a nonexistent flu season this year, merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19,” responded Fauci.
Of course, some people feel that a portion of COVID-19 cases were tallied as Influenza, which resulted in lowered the Influenza case totals.
While the greater context of Dr. Fauci’s interview with Chuck Todd seemed both positive and forward-moving, the single mask comment will likely strike discomfort in many Americans who are exausted from mask covering. To be fair, he does say “people may elect” to wear masks during flu season.
Author: Jim SatneyPrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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