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Dr. Fauci says masks should be mandated as virus surges in U.S.

Dr. Anthony Fauci
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Dr. Anthony Fauci.

WASHINGTON, DC — Dr. Anthony Fauci has been reluctant to support a federal mask mandate.

“A national mandate probably would not work,” he said on Sept 15 during a news conference with Vermont Gov. Phil Scott.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been urging Americans to use masks for months. “I have trust in the American people that if we put a strong emphasis on the importance of wearing masks, that we will come around and do that and get that percentage up above the relatively low percentage of people that are using masks,” Fauci said on July 21 on NPR’s Morning Edition.

But he has said before that he doesn’t think a federal law would be the way to go.

“I don’t like to be authoritarian from the federal government, but at the local level, if governors and others essentially mandate the use of masks when you have an outbreak, I think that would be very important,” Fauci told Alabama Sen. Doug Jones during a Facebook live event in July.

Until now.

“Well, if people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it,” Fauci told CNN in an interview on Friday.

Covid-19 has been worsening across the United States, with cases rising in 32 states Friday and holding steady in 17 more. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said the country was entering a winter surge as new infections passed 75,000 in a single day on Friday and more than 800 deaths were reported.

Mask mandates may be tricky to enforce, but it might be time to call for them, Fauci said.

“There’s going to be a difficulty enforcing it, but if everyone agrees that this is something that’s important and they mandate it and everybody pulls together and says, you know, we’re going to mandate it but let’s just do it, I think that would be a great idea to have everybody do it uniformly,” he said.

As cooler weather comes, people need to “double down” on measures that work, Fauci said. “Universal mask wearing” is one, he said, as is keeping a distance from others and frequent hand washing. “They sound very simple. But we’re not uniformly doing that and that’s one of the reasons we’re seeing these surges,” Fauci said.

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  1. You can either listen to a doctor with decades of experience studying infectious diseases, or listen to the guy with no medical experience that claims to be a business man but went bankrupt owning a casino.

    1. It is very difficult to go bankrupt with a casino, isn’t it? He also went bankrupt with an airline when every other airline in the country was earning record profits.

          1. He failed so bad he got elected the 45th POTUS of the U.S. The only failure here is you moron. He has more money than you will ever see in your useless lifetime.

    2. The same Dr Fauci that said masks weren’t needed back in March. Ok to go on a cruise, to movies and Shapchat Tinder date. The biggest difference between President Trump and that quack is he beat the covid19. Steve is fake news and a total moron as usual.

  2. You are on your own from this point on. Wear it if you want to. I don’t GAF! Mfers White right wing losers do what ever you want. Suck trump DI?k! I don’t give a damn. I’m doing what’s best for me and my family. I hope you losers don’t wear one so we can get rid of you.

  3. It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or Democrat, if you haven’t been wearing a mask, you are an idiot. We have been hearing this on the news for 7 months.

  4. Very simple, wear a mask and protect yourself and others. Be an asshole and don’t wear a mask so you can either spread the virus or catch it and die. Those of us with any common sense will use a mask, those of you who go to Trump rallies and show your political stripes by not wearing one, good luck and goodbye. Listen to Governor Christie and others who have caught the virus and survived to warn others.

    1. What Trump rallies? He isn’t coming back to this shit hole place. On the mask you don’t have a choice while out in public so moot issue. You must wear your mask sitting on the toilet at home. You are a niwit.

  5. The virus isn’t going away no matter what we do. Biden can’t do crap about it. At some point we are all going to get it. Some of us will get sick. Some of us won’t. Some will die. Most will not. That’s life. Live a healthy lifestyle and your chances are better. Stop living in fear and start livinglife again. again.

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