The director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that in 2022, Americans may need to wear face masks due to the coronavirusbut noted that the United States could reach a “significant degree of normalcy” by the end of this year.
“We will have a significant degree of normalcy beyond the terrible burden we have all experienced over the last year,” Anthony Fauci told CNN.
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The epidemiologist noted that masks will no longer be needed when the number of new infections “decreases and the greater part of the population is vaccinated“.
Anthony Fauci also declined to say when the population could return to normal life, as this could be influenced by many factors that no one can predict with certainty.
According to Johns Hopkins University, which calculates based on information from international organizations, federal and local authorities, since the beginning of the pandemic in the United States have registered over 28 million cases of coronavirus infection, 497,670 people died. The country ranks first in the world in both indicators.
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More than 80% of Americans prefer to wear masks in crowded and unfamiliar places and a total of only 5% of US residents refuse to wear personal protective equipment in any situation. Since mid-2020, several states have ordered all residents to wear masks.
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