Fauci Predicts Return Of Masks As Cases Rise

Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on ABC’s “This Week” last Sunday to discuss the current “uptick” in COVID cases and said while he isn’t “alarmed” by the increase, he is “keeping an eye on it,” ABC News reported.

Fauci told “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl that the public health experts who are tracking the recent numbers aren’t predicting the same “tsunami of hospitalizations” that the country has seen in the past.

He explained that the current level of immunity from those previously infected as well as those vaccinated and boosted makes it unlikely that there will be an “overwhelming rush of cases and hospitalizations.”

Fauci said he isn’t alarmed by the recent “uptick in cases” with hospitalizations increasing by around 17 percent. He said this is to be expected as we move out of summer into the fall and winter, and suggested that the country needs to “be prepared for it.”

Fauci told Jonathan Karl that the country is in “reasonably good shape,” but should still be prepared for an uptick in cases. He said the next COVID booster should be “pretty well matched” to the variants currently circulating.

When asked who should get the booster, Fauci said he wouldn’t want to get ahead of the government’s health authorities who make the recommendations. However, he suggested that the booster should be available to everyone and recommended for those who are high-risk.

Jonathan Karl asked Fauci if the CDC should revise its masking recommendations given President Biden’s failure to follow them after First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID.

Fauci again refused to get ahead of public health officials but did suggest that mask guidelines should be reevaluated to ensure they are up to date with the current science.

Karl then cited a recent study that concluded that masks were ineffective and asked what Fauci thought of it.

The former NIAID head disputed the study, saying it is “absolutely not the case” since other studies have shown that masks work. He suggested that the study is “misleading.”

Fauci said if there is a “significant uptick,” there may be recommendations to use masks “under certain circumstances,” like in crowded indoor settings. However, he said he would be surprised if a federal mask mandate returns.