Chief Medical Advisor to the President and COVID-19 expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said last week that while many school districts begin lifting mask mandates, the move is not without risk.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Dr. Fauci warned that in spite of a downturn in omicron cases, removing masks from children in schools is still premature at this point in the fight against COVID-19. “It’s understandable why people want to take masks off the kids. But, right now, given the level of activity that we have, it is risky,” Fauci said.
The US has seen a major drop in COVID cases over the last two weeks, but Fauci does not believe this is enough reason to unmask students in school buildings.
“Now we could get lucky, cause the trajectory right now is going way down and it very well may be that if you take masks off of kids in the next week or so, it’s going to keep going down,” he said. “But you have to be careful.”
Several states have lifted mask mandates in public spaces but kept them in place for schools, while others have done away with masks completely, leaving the option up to each individual. Fauci added that he understands the frustration many Americans are feeling.
“There is no perfect solution to this,” said Fauci. “The fact that the world and the United States and particularly certain parts of the United States are just up to here with COVID – they just really need to somehow get their life back,” he said. “You don’t want to be reckless and throw everything aside, but you’ve got to start inching towards that.”
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