Dr. Fauci warns that a return to wearing face masks is possible

With the new BA.2 variant of COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci is back on television making predictions for the near future.

Fox News reports that Fauci, during his latest television appearance, suggested that reverting back to such precautions as wearing facemasks is a possibility going forward. 

“We may need to revert back”

Fauci’s latest television appearance was on Sunday on ABC’s This Week.

There, Fauci warned that an “uptick” in COVID-19 cases could result in the reimposition of various pandemic restrictions, such as wearing face masks.

Fauci said:

But, the idea that we’re going to see an uptick, I think people need to appreciate that’s the case and follow the CDC guidelines because, remember, when the metrics were put forth, the new metrics looking at the guidance of masking, it was said that if we do start seeing an uptick, particularly of hospitalizations, we may need to revert back to being more careful and having more utilizations of masks indoors.

“Decide for themselves”

During the interview, Fauci tried to walk a fine line between the paternalistic approach that we have seen from him over the past couple of years and a hands-off approach that is very unlike what we have seen from him.

Even though Fauci, for example, suggested that reverting back to facemask wearing is within the realm of possibility, he tried to downplay the idea.

“Obviously, there is concern that we are seeing an uptick in cases, as I mentioned over the last couple of weeks, that this is not unexpected, that you’re going to see an uptick when you pull back on the mitigation methods,” Fauci said. “If you look at the CDC calculation with their new metrics, it’s clear that most of the country, even though we’re seeing an uptick, is still in that green zone, which means that masking is not recommended in the sense of not required on indoor settings.”

At another point in the interview, Fauci went so far as to state that everyone will have to decide for themselves their approach to a possible fifth wave of an outbreak.

“What’s going to happen is that we’re going to see that each individual is going to have to make their calculation of the amount of risk that they want to take in going to indoor dinner is going to functions even within the realm of a green zone,” Fauci said. “It’s going to be a person’s decision about the individual risk they’re going to take.”

Background

It has appeared in recent weeks that the White House has been having Fauci keep a low profile. Fauci has become an extremely controversial figure because of his approach to the pandemic. Congressional Republicans, in fact, are planning to investigate Fauci’s handling of the pandemic if they win majority control of Congress in November.

The interview, overall, seemed to be an attempt by Fauci to remain relevant with the worst of the pandemic now appearing to be in the rearview.

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