While states such as Texas and Florida are lifting pandemic restrictions, Dr. Fauci is warning that lifting restrictions such as mask mandates are “risky and potentially dangerous.”
Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN, Fauci argued lifting restrictions led to a new surge of cases in Europe.
“That’s what exactly happened in Europe,” Fauci told tapper. “They had a diminution of cases, they plateaued, and they pulled back on public health measures. You see the pictures in the paper and on TV. They have opened the restaurants. They have opened some of the bars. The younger people particularly stopped wearing masks, and then, all of a sudden, you have a surge that went right back up. And that’s where we are right now.”
“We can avoid that, Jake. We can avoid that if we continue to vaccinate people, get more and more protection without all of a sudden pulling back on public health measures,” he added.