What happens: Fauci told Financial Times that the pandemic phase of the COVID-19 pandemic is nearing its end and that normalcy may be around the corner.
What he said: “Once we get out of the complete pandemic phase of COVID-19, which we are definitely on our way out of, these decisions will increasingly be made at the local level instead of centrally decided or mandated,” Fauci said. Financial Times.
- “There will also be more people making their own decisions about how they want to deal with the virus.”
- Fauci said he hoped COVID-19 restrictions would end soon and that it was likely to happen by 2022.
- He said, however, that local health departments should impose health restrictions if cases start to increase.
- His comments come as a wave of blue states – Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Oregon and New York – have begun to lift mask mandates, which I reported for Deseret news.
But: “Everything I say is based on a big warning,” Fauci said Washington Post. “We need to be prepared that we may have a completely different variant that breaks through all the protection you get from previous infection.”