In 2022, Americans will probably still be wearing masks to protect themselves from COVID-19. U.S. Chief Infectious Disease Officer Anthony Fauci said this on CNN Sunday, Feb. 21.
“I can’t predict when people’s lives will be able to return to pre-pandemic status … I absolutely agree with the president that when fall and winter come, we will be approaching normalcy by the end of the year,” the scientist said.
According to him, the timing of wearing masks depends on the dynamics of the spread of the virus. Cancellation of protective items in a pandemic will only be accepted by the authorities if the incidence rates decrease and the majority of the population is vaccinated.
Fauci is also in complete agreement with U.S. President Joe Biden, who has expressed hope for an early resolution of the global situation by 2022.
Earlier on Feb. 10, Rochelle Walenski, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that Americans should wear tight masks or wear two at once in order to better fight the coronavirus pandemic. According to the study, wearing two masks was able to block 92.5% of the aerosol particles from coughing that participants simulated in the experiment. Using a single mask, on the other hand, reduced that figure to 42%.
In January, the CDC (part of the U.S. Department of Health) made it mandatory to wear masks on public transportation, including airplanes and trains.
Joe Biden, who took office as U.S. president, was among the first to sign an executive order to return the U.S. to the World Health Organization, as well as an executive order calling for the widespread wearing of masks for 100 days.