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Covid cases must go ‘far down’ before vaccinated Americans can ditch masks indoors, Fauci . says

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dr. Anthony Fauci has said Covid-19 cases “have to go way back” before vaccinated Americans can attend public gatherings indoors without wearing masks.

Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that the virus was still spreading across the country too quickly to consider changing mask-wearing recommendations.

‘It’s about 95,000 [daily cases] as the seven-day average. That’s still way too high,” the White House chief medical adviser said.

“We want to go very, very far to … I mean, I’d like to see it way below 10,000 and even much lower than that,” Fauci said when asked what threshold the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would may relax the rules for wearing masks indoors for vaccinated people.

He added: ‘If you’re at 95,000′ [cases per day], that’s still a situation where you have a high degree of dynamic circulation of viruses in the community.’

Current CDC recommendations require fully vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors if they are in “a substantial or high transmission area.”

The latest data places more than 96 percent of the flow in an area of ​​”substantial” and “high” transmission, the New York Post reported.

dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union the virus was still spreading across the country too quickly to consider changing mask-wearing recommendations

Despite the CDC’s recommendations, the federal government requires masks to be worn only on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and bus stations.

The CDC’s guidelines for wearing masks were changed in late July in response to the threat posed by the Delta variant.

From May 13 until the new recommendations were published July 27, vaccinated Americans were advised that it was safe to refrain from wearing a mask indoors.

This was reversed and new measures were also added, including that fully vaccinated people “can choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, especially if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19.” 19′ or if they live with someone to whom these descriptions apply.

The CDC continues to recommend ‘indoor universal masking’ for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status

On the same program on Sunday, Fauci told American kids to go out and enjoy trick-or-treating this Halloween.

“This is a time kids love,” Fauci said. “It is a very important time for children. I know my kids enjoyed it.’

He encouraged participants to get vaccinated if possible. The vaccine is currently not available for children under 12 years of age.

‘If you haven’t been vaccinated, remember’ [how by becoming so] you’re adding an extra measure of protection to yourself and your children and your family and your community,” he said.

“It’s a good time to think about why it’s important to get vaccinated, but get out there and enjoy Halloween and the other holidays to come.”

dr.  Anthony Fauci told CNN's Dana Bash that kids should go outside 'and enjoy Halloween'

dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Dana Bash that kids should go outside ‘and enjoy Halloween’

He encouraged participants to get vaccinated, despite the ineligibility for children under 12

He encouraged participants to get vaccinated, despite the ineligibility for children under 12

Discussing wearing masks outdoors, Fauci urged all Americans — even those who have been vaccinated — to wear face coverings in crowded outdoor environments.

He explained: “If you have a lot of infections in the community, even though you’ve been vaccinated, and if you’re not at home, but out in a public place, wearing masks, I think it would be very sensible.”

And the White House COVID Czar also revealed that he thinks the number of COVID deaths will continue to fall this winter as the Delta wave subsides, raising hopes that the virus is finally in a retreat.

Fauci was mocked on social media for “allowing” children to participate in the annual candy-collecting tradition.

“OH THANK YOU, GOD EMPEROR, FOR GRANTING US THIS HOLIDAY,” one person tweeted.

‘LOL. Lord Fauci speaks,” added another. “We can have Halloween, but he’s not sure Thanksgiving/Christmas.”

Some Twitter users mock Fauci for 'allowing them to celebrate the holidays'

Some Twitter users mock Fauci for ‘allowing them to celebrate the holidays’

Fauci earlier this month encouraged vaccinated people to celebrate the winter holidays with their loved ones, despite previously saying it was “too early” to say whether Americans could get together for Christmas.

Just a day later, in an appearance on CNN, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said his comments were “misinterpreted” and that he wasn’t telling people to forgo family gatherings.

Another Twitter user noted that Fauci encouraged children to stock up on unhealthy sweets, and respondents said he enabled “ill health.”

Some Halloween celebrations were canceled last year, with popular events across the country being scrapped or modified to meet social distancing requirements.

CDC director Rochelle Walensky has also given the green light to collecting candy.

“I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think we should be able to let our kids do tricks in small groups,” she told CBS. Face the nation.

Fauci didn't offer face-covering guidance for trick-or-treaters (shown here in a 2020 photo)

Fauci didn’t offer face-covering guidance for trick-or-treaters (shown here in a 2020 photo)

The Food and Drug Administration is planning a meeting in late October to discuss Pfizer’s request for emergency use of its vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Nationally, there are about 95,000 new COVID-19 cases per day; Fauci called the downtrend “good news” but warned of a premature win.

“We still have about 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated, who have not yet been vaccinated, and even those who have been vaccinated … want to look forward to the holidays and spend time with your family and do things like that,” he said. Fauci.

“But don’t just throw up your hands and say it’s all over, because on the one hand we want to celebrate and look forward to the fact that we’re moving in the right direction. But if you look at the history of the peaks, they can bounce back.’

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