Fauci: Lifting Mask Mandates ‘Inviting’ Another Surge

Texas is inviting a new surge in coronavirus cases after the state’s authorities ended the mask mandate and relaxed health measures, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview on Wednesday.

States like Texas have recently seen cases drop dramatically, which in part is due to three different COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out in recent months, according to Breitbart.

Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN “New Day” host John Berman, he was deeply concerned about Texas removing their mask mandate at this time, and in doing so the state was “inviting” another surge in cases.

Berman asked, “When you see Texas lifting its mask mandates, when you see pictures from Idaho of kids burning masks, and the same being called for in Texas, what’s your reaction to that?”

“You know, it’s a concern, John,” Fauci replied. “I mean, we understand people’s need to get back to normal, and we are going in that direction. But when you start doing things like completely putting aside all public health measures, as if you’re turning a light switch off, that is quite risky. We don’t want to see another surge, and that’s inviting one when you do that.”


About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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