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Fauci warns of ‘premature’ dropping of mask rules during COVID-19 peak

Following a move to drop mask mandates in most interior spaces in Washington, DC, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the “premature” dropping of facial covering rules could pose “an additional degree of risk” amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in many areas across the country.

Speaking of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Fauci urged officials to take all necessary precautions amid fears of a possible winter peak ahead.

“When you have that kind of dynamic… you have to be really careful,” Fauci said. “Masks certainly won’t be around forever. The more people get vaccinated, the more people get a boost, the lower the infection level in the community, and then you start thinking about pulling masks back.”

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“But you don’t want to do it prematurely,” he added. “As much as you’d like to do it, you have to be careful.”

Last week, Fauci said COVID-19 is not yet at the level to be reduced to an endemic disease, despite increased efforts to vaccinate the population.

At a White House briefing on Nov. 17, Fauci said he doesn’t believe COVID-19 will eventually be eradicated, but he is confident that vaccination is the best means of eliminating the disease from a particular region.

“We have eliminated diseases through vaccination, such as polio in the United States, as it exists in other places. We have eradicated measles in the United States; it exists in other places. We eliminated malaria years and years ago, but it exists in other places,” Fauci said.

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Fauci added that while it won’t be soon when COVID-19 completely disappears from the world, the goal is to reduce its spread to a level where it doesn’t dominate normal life.

“So I don’t think we’re going to eliminate it completely. We want control. And I think the confusion is, at what level of control are you going to accept it in its endemity? And as far as we’re concerned, we don’t really know what that number is.” but we’ll know when we get there,” Fauci said.

Fauci added that vaccination coverage has helped, but the daily case and death rate in the US is still far too high to bring the country close to endemic status.

“It is certainly much, much lower than 80,000 new infections per day, and it is much, much lower than 1,000 deaths per day and tens of thousands of hospitalizations,” Fauci added.

Now that it’s been more than six months for many people to get a COVID-19 vaccine as shots became widely available, Fauci is urging everyone to get a boost ahead of the holiday season as more research has surfaced that the decreasing protection of starting doses.

In an interview last week with NBC News, Fauci expressed concern about the number of fully vaccinated individuals who have not been boosted and hospitalized.

“What we’re starting to see now is an increase in hospitalizations among people who have been vaccinated but not boosted,” Fauci said Tuesday. “It’s a significant portion, but certainly not the majority.”

dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned of a decline in vaccine effectiveness in the elderly.

“While the greatest risk is those who have not been vaccinated, we are seeing an increase in emergency room visits among adults 65 and older, which are now again higher than for younger age groups,” Walensky said in a White House on Wednesday. Home COVID-19 press conference.

Walensky pointed out that the rates of COVID-19 infections between people who were vaccinated with the initial doses and those who received boosters are remarkable.

“The disease rate is significantly lower for those who received their booster injection, showing that our boosters are working,” she said. “Studies show that those who are not vaccinated are more likely to get infected, more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19,” Walensky added.

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