Dr. Anthony Fauci says people who are fully vaccinated might “want to consider” once again donning a mask indoors amid the spreading Delta coronavirus variant of COVID-19.
Fauci, an immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who served on former President Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force and is now President Biden’s chief medical adviser on COVID-19, said on CNBC that “if you want to go the extra mile of safety even though you’re vaccinated when you’re indoors, particularly in crowded places, you might want to consider wearing a mask.”
Fauci’s comments echo remarks he made earlier this month, when he told MSNBC that vaccinated people should consider masking-up if they’re in an area with high COVID-19 transmission. At the time, he also characterized doing so as going “the extra mile.”
In his CNBC appearance, the doctor also said the Delta variant is more infectious. “This virus is clearly different than the viruses and the variants that