Dr Anthony Fauci was seen without a mask on Tuesday at an upscale Washington DC restaurant, though the city still has a mask warrant.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, was at Café Milano in the nation’s capital on Tuesday to attend a reading night for ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl.
Sally Quinn, a novelist who once wrote an erotic novel starring a character inspired by Fauci, said she noticed Fauci without her mask in the crowd and spoke to him.
Quinn has said whether or not Fauci will wear his mask depending on who was around him at the time.
“I said, ‘You seem pretty ambivalent about your mask’ because no one else was wearing one ‘, Quinn said. “He said,” I just decided that if someone happened to happen that I didn’t know, I would put on my mask.
Washington’s city-wide indoor mask term does not end until Monday, November 22.
Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
ABC News’ Jonathan Karl launched his new book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show at Cafe Milano on Tuesday night
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was at Cafe Milano in the nation’s capital on Tuesday to attend a reading night for ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl
About 88 percent of adult residents of the District of Columbia have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to city health officials.
Fauci’s reported behavior has sparked outrage from some conservatives.
Sports and political commentator Clay Travis called Fauci “such a fraud and should have been fired months ago.”
Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who called Fauci a “Democratic communications agent”, recalled that it was “high time Fauci was fired”.
Quinn said photographers were chasing the event to try and get shots of a maskless Fauci, who has been strongly pro-mask throughout the pandemic.
Fauci said in mid-October that Covid-19 cases would have to “go down” before vaccinated Americans can attend public gatherings indoors without wearing masks.
Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union on October 9 that the virus was still spreading too quickly across the country to consider changing mask recommendations.
‘That’s about 95,000 [daily cases] as a seven-day average. It’s still far too high, ”said the White House’s chief medical adviser.
Sports and political commentator Clay Travis was one of those who criticized Fauci’s behavior
Republican Senator Tom Cotton continued his call for Fauci’s dismissal
“We want to go really far up to… I mean, I like to see it way below 10,000 and even a lot lower than that,” Fauci said when asked at what threshold the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could relax the rules on wearing the inside mask for people who have been vaccinated.
He added: “When you’re at 95,000 [cases per day], this is always a situation where you have a high degree of dynamic circulation of the virus in the community. ‘
According to current CDC recommendations, fully immunized Americans should wear masks indoors if they are in “an area of high or high transmission.”
The latest data places more than 96% of the current in a “substantial” and “high” transmission zone, the New York Post reported.
Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN on State of the Union the virus is still spreading too quickly across the country to consider changing mask recommendations
Despite the CDC’s recommendations, the federal government only requires masks to be worn on public transit and in transit hubs such as airports and bus stations.
CDC mask-wearing guidelines changed in late July in response to the threat from the Delta variant.
From May 13 until the publication of the new recommendations on July 27, vaccinated Americans were told it was safe to forgo wearing a mask indoors.
Fauci attended ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl’s book party
This has been reversed and new measures have also been added, including that fully vaccinated people “can choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, especially if they are immunocompromised or have an increased risk of serious illness. due to COVID-19 “or if they live with someone to whom these descriptions apply.
CDC continues to recommend ‘universal interior masking’ for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of their immunization status
Fauci warned that vaccinated Americans must still wear masks outside this winter and offered hope that Covid-19 deaths will continue on their downward trajectory over the next few months.
Fauci – in an interview with Greta Van Susteren – was asked whether he expected another increase in Covid cases this winter, caused by different variants.
“I strongly suspect that you will start to see deaths decrease in the same way as hospitalizations; how fast they descend and how far they descend will depend a lot on a number of circumstances, which will be influenced by things like colder weather, people doing things indoors, ”Fauci said.
He also stressed that the masks should remain in use even by those vaccinated when they leave their homes.
“When you have a lot of infection in the community, even if you are vaccinated, when you are not at home but outside in public gathering places, wearing masks, I think that would be very careful, ”he said.