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Following a move in Washington, D.C. to drop the mask mandatory in most indoor spaces, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that “premature” face-covering rules could add “an additional degree of risk”, in many recent COVID-19 cases. Amidst the rise in -19 cases. regions across the country.


to speak on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Fauci urged officials to take every necessary precaution because of the potential winter ahead.

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“When you have a dynamic like that… you have to be really careful,” Fauci said. “Masks are not going to be sure forever. The more people get vaccinated, the more people promote, the lower the level of infection in the community, and then you start thinking about pulling back on masks. “

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

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

Speaking at a White House briefing on November 17, Fauci said he does not believe that COVID-19 will eventually be eradicated, but he does believe vaccination is the best means to eliminate the disease from a particular area.

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

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Fauci said that although it will not be anytime soon when COVID-19 completely disappears from the world, the goal is to reduce its spread to a level where it does not 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 endemicity? 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 said vaccination rates have helped, but the daily case and death rate in the US is still very high, nowhere near endemic to the country.

“It’s certainly much lower than the 80,000 new infections per day, and it’s far less than the 1,000 deaths and thousands of hospitalizations per day,” Fauci said.

Now that it’s been more than six months since many people received the COVID-19 vaccine, when the shots were made widely available, Fauci is calling on everyone to get boosters before the holiday season because more Research has come to the fore showing weak security. initial dose.

speaking in Interview with NBC News last week, Fauci expressed concern over the number of fully vaccinated individuals who have not received a booster shot and are hospitalized.

“What we’re starting to see now is hospitalizations among people who have been vaccinated but not increased,” Fauci said Tuesday. “It’s a significant proportion, but by no means a majority.”

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

“Although those most at risk are those who are unvaccinated, we are seeing an increase in emergency department visits among adults 65 and older, who are now again higher than those in the younger age group, Valensky said Wednesday at the White House’s COVID- 19 press briefing.

Valensky pointed out that the rate of COVID-19 infection among people vaccinated with the initial dose and those receiving boosters is remarkable.

“The disease rate is significantly lower for people who have received their booster shot, indicating that our boosters are working,” she said. “Studies show that people who haven’t been vaccinated are more likely to be infected, more likely to be in hospital, and more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19,” Valensky said. said.