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Dr. Fauci Just Warned About This Big Mask Mistake You're Making

People are “misinterpreting” CDC guidance.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their mask guidance to allow fully vaccinated individuals to remove their masks while outdoors and indoors. Almost immediately, major retailers updated their store policies and people started to walk around mask-free. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, many people are misinterpreting the health organization's major update. Read on to learn about the big mask mistake you might be making per Dr. Fauci—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor.

Dr. Fauci Says People Are "Misinterpreting" the New CDC Mask Guidance

During the Axios virtual event he revealed that a lot of people aren't fully grasping the CDC's guidance. "I think people are misinterpreting, thinking that this is a removal of a mask mandate for everyone. It's not," Fauci said. "It's an assurance to those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, be they outdoors or indoors."

He believes that the information is being misunderstood, as many people fail to fully read the guidance or hear it second-hand. "It's not their fault," Fauci added. "People either read them quickly, or listen and hear half of it. They are feeling that we're saying: 'You don't need the mask anymore.' That's not what the CDC said. They said: If you are vaccinated, you can feel safe — that you will not get infected either outdoors or indoors. It did not explicitly say that unvaccinated people should abandon their masks."

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Dr. Fauci Said That Americans Will Need to Get a Vaccine Booster

During the interview, Fauci also revealed that Americans will need to get a vaccine booster sometime within the year. "I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so, after getting the primary [shot], because the durability of protection against coronaviruses is generally not lifelong."

Also, don't plan on taking off your mask on an airplane anytime soon. Per Dr. Fauci, hopefully, we will be able to travel the friendly skies mask-free in months versus years.  

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

Leah Groth
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