Confusion is nothing new during this COVID-tainted era of the American experience. We began this pandemic afraid to be in outdoor, public spaces like parks and bus stops, wiping down our groceries and having anxiety attacks anytime we used a gas pump.
But, as more and more information became available about this novel strain of coronavirus, we began to prioritize our precautionary efforts. We learned that the virus didn’t live all that well on surfaces, and we began to target what the true risks for complications were.
And we went from no masks, (largely in order to prevent a shortage for hospital workers), to wearing a mask, (or two), to now being asked to refer to a rather large chart of when and where masks are appropriate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike.
The latest mask mess comes to us straight from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who seems to believe that masks won’t be going away entirely, but will become a seasonal experience instead.
White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that people may decide to wear masks during certain seasons when respiratory illnesses are more prevalent.Trending:
“I think people have gotten used to the fact that wearing masks, clearly if you look at the data it diminishes respiratory diseases, we’ve had practically a non-existent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominately against Covid-19,” Fauci said during an interview on NBC Sunday program “Meet the Press.”
“So it is conceivable that as we go on a year or two or more from now that during certain seasonal periods when you have respiratory borne viruses like the flu, people might actually elect to wear masks to diminish the likelihood that you’ll spread these respiratory borne diseases,” he added.
Masks have been a sore subject in the US as of late, with a great many Americans forcefully rebuking the idea that they could be required to wear one by order of the government.