The US person in charge of the fight against COVID-19, Anthony Fauci, regretted this Wednesday that the American public “misinterpreted” the new guidelines for the use of masks in people vaccinated against the disease, as he had recommended Die Health authorities state that no one has to use it.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a week ago that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are skipping mask use and physical distancing, both indoors and outdoors can.
“I think people misinterpret (…) and think that (the new guidelines) mean the withdrawal of the mandatory use of the mask for everyone,” Fauci said in statements to Axios in which he noted the recommendations recently issued by the US CDC “are not.”
“It is a guarantee for those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe outside or inside,” he defended himself before denying that this “misinterpretation” was his fault. “People read them (the recommendations) quickly or hear them in the middle (…). They think we said you don’t have to wear a mask anymore. The CDC didn’t say that.” repeated Fauci.
The easing of guidelines to prevent possible COVID-19 contagion in the United States, the country hardest hit by the world’s pandemic, comes as part of an improvement in the North American country’s epidemiological situation and rapid progress in its vaccination campaign.
To date, the United States has given more than 276 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 124 million people on the full schedule. The US health authorities have counted more than 33 million infections, including more than 587,000 deaths from the disease.