Dr Fauci discussed the use of PPE on CNN’s State of the Union and was asked if he thinks Americans will still have to wear masks next year, which he says is possible”.
“You know, I think it’s possible that it is and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality,” he said.
“If normalcy means exactly the way things were before it happened to us, I can’t predict it.”
He added that as the country nears the end of the year, he believes there will be a “degree of normalcy” but that will depend on “the level of dynamics of the virus that is in the community” .
“If you see the level going really, really, really low, I want it to keep going down to a base level so low that there is virtually no threat,” the chief medical adviser said.
“If you combine having most of the people in the country vaccinated with a very, very low level of the virus in the community, I think you will be able to say that for the most part we don’t necessarily have to wear masks. “.
States like Alaska and Missouri encourage people to wear masks in public, but this is not state mandated.
Dr Fauci’s comments come as the United States reaches a grim milestone as the death toll is close to exceeding 500,000.
“This is nothing like what we’ve been through for the past 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic,” added Dr Fauci.
It is said that the milestone could be crossed on Monday and President Joe Biden will mark it with a minute of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House.
The first known deaths from the virus in the United States occurred in February 2020 in California.