The White House Coronavirus Task Force member also talked about the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing, although when asked for an estimate of “how less likely people are to transmit coronavirus if they’re wearing a mask,” he could not provide a definitive answer.
“We don’t know exactly. There have been a number of meta analyses. One published in The Lancet on June 1, 2020 said masks and respirators reduced the risk of infection by anywhere from 78 percent to 85 percent,” he said.
“Your guess is as good as any: 50 percent to 75 percent or 80 percent is probably correct,” he added.
Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said this month that universal masking for one to two months could get the Chinese coronavirus “under control,” despite a widespread lack of consensus on the matter.
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However, other studies emphasize the lack of a consensus on the matter. The
New England Journal of Medicine, in a May study titled “Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era,” stated, “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection.”
The study suggested, more than once, that universal masking policies may provide more of a psychological benefit than a practical one.
“There may be additional benefits to broad masking policies that extend beyond their technical contribution to reducing pathogen transmission,” the
“Masks are visible reminders of an otherwise invisible yet widely prevalent pathogen and may remind people of the importance of social distancing and other infection-control measures,” it continued, stating that masks serve as “symbolic roles.” It also referred to them as “talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals” and stated that “such reactions may not be strictly logical.”
Journal issued an update on June 3, claiming that the “intent of [their] article was to push for more masking, not less.”
Fauci also spoke about the dangers of indoor restaurant dining and told MarketWatch that he is “not going to restaurants right now” while revealing that he is not flying either, as he remains in a “risk” category.
“I am in a risk category. I don’t like to admit it, but I’m 79 years old. I can’t think of a reason to go trans-Atlantic. Right now, I’m very sequestered. I’m on a coronavirus task force. I go to the White House almost every day,” Fauci explained.
“I spend half a day in my office trying to develop a vaccine and drugs for COVID-19, and that’s really what I need to do. I don’t fancy seeing myself getting infected, which is a risk when you’re getting on a plane, particularly with the amount of infection that’s going on right now,” he added, casting doubt on the effectiveness of temperature screenings:
I’m not sure taking temperatures is all it’s cracked up to be, because there are a lot of false negatives and false positives. It’s best to just question people: “Do you have any symptoms? Have you been near someone who is infected?” The time spent asking a couple of simple questions is probably more effective than just taking temperatures, to be honest with you
Fauci came under fire on Thursday after
throwing the first pitch for the Washington Nationals’ season opener and watching the game, in-person, with his mask hanging around his chin:
While Fauci currently recommends masks, he did not feel the same way in March,
telling CBS News’s Dr. Jon LaPook that “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”
“When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is,” Fauci said at the time.
“And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face,” he added.