‘If You’re Vaccinated and You’re Outside, Put Aside Your Mask,’ says Fauci

‘Why Are We Wearing Ours Mask?’ Asks Morning Show Host

By Paul Riegler on 13 May 2021
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If you’re vaccinated and outside, do as Dr. Anthony Fauci does and don’t don a face mask.

Speaking on the news program “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, told host Gayle King that people vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks outside.

“We’ve got to make that transition,” he said. “If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside…. You don’t have to wear it.”

The CDC said in updated guidance late last month that fully vaccinated people can safely unmask at small outdoor gatherings, but not in crowded settings.

Still, many people continue to wear masks outdoors, even if fully vaccinated.

To drive the point home, King told Fauci that she had asked a random person she encountered on a street in New York City who had been fully vaccinated, “Why are we wearing our masks?” The woman replied, “I don’t know.”

Fauci said the only scenario in which a fully-vaccinated person would need to don a mask outdoors would be if they are in an unusually crowded place,where “people are essentially falling all over each other,” noting “it would be a very unusual situation… But any other time, if you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, put aside your mask.”

In April, Fauci said that people would have to continue to wear masks until more is known about whether inoculated individuals can transmit the coronavirus.  Since then, scientists have learnt that the possibility of transmission in uncrowded outdoor spaces is negligible.

“It is likely that if you are vaccinated, that you are not going to spread infection, if you get infected without any symptoms. There’s no doubt about that,” Fauci said in an interview with Fox News on April 4. “There are studies that are coming online now, that are going to definitively prove that.”

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