Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that COVID-19 cases would have to go “far down” before most vaccinated Americans can safely gather in public indoors without masks.
The White House chief medical adviser said the virus is still spreading too much across almost the entire country to change this recommendation.
“It’s about 95,000 [cases nationwide per day] as the average of seven days. It’s still way too high, ‘Fauci told CNN’s’ State of the Union’ when asked what the threshold would be to ease the CDC’s indoor mask recommendation for even most vaccinated people.
“We want to get all the way down to… I mean, I like to see it well below 10,000 [cases per day] and even much lower than that, ”he said.
“But when you are at 95,000 [cases per day], it is still a situation where you have a high degree of dynamic circulation of virus in society. ”
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends that fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors if they are in “an area with significant or high transmission,” citing the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
More than 96 percent of the country is currently in an area with “significant” or “high” transmission, according to the latest data.
Yet, only the federal government is required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation, in addition to transportation hubs such as airports and stations.