Just two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control announced that fully vaccinated people could safely be outside without a mask, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave his stamp of approval to the new maskless measures.
In an interview with CBS This morning Thursday, Fauci confirmed his belief that fully vaccinated people are free to roam outdoors without a mask.
“It would be a very unusual situation, if you were going into a completely crowded situation where people are essentially falling all over each other, then you wear a mask. But any other time, if you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, put aside your mask. You don’t have to wear it.”
In an abundance of caution, Fauci was initially reticent to give his thumbs up saying that even fully vaccinated people could contract the virus outdoors and carry it without symptoms to other more vulnerable people.
Fauci additionally argued that because of variants and the possibility that they could be resistant to the vaccine he was recommending people stay masked up.
“There are variants that are circulating and although they’re unusual, we are seeing breakthrough infections,” Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
According to the New York Post, the CDC continues to face criticism for exaggerating the risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors, claiming it was as high as 10% when health officials said it less than 1%.