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President Biden Administration Announce Full Return of Mask Mandates

Dr. Anthony Fauci reaffirmed the effectiveness of face masks in protecting against COVID-19 while addressing concerns raised by a recent study, as mask mandates resurface in some parts of the United States.

The Charlotte Observer reports in a news publication on Monday, September 11, that during an interview on USA Today‘s “This Week,” host Jonathan Karl asked Fauci about the effectiveness of masks, particularly in light of a Cochrane study that has been cited by some as evidence against mask mandates.

Fauci responded, “Some of the studies are confusing. The study that recently has been quoted a lot and causing a lot of confusion is the Cochrane study, which even the people who run the Cochrane studies say that that study can be misleading”.

He further claimed, “This is because people have commented on that study saying, ‘Absolutely masks don’t work,’ which is absolutely not the case. There are a number of studies that show that masks actually do work.”

Masks became a widely adopted preventive measure during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 to curb the spread of the virus. Fauci’s comments refer to a study published in 2020 and updated in January 2023 by the Cochrane Library.

This study examined 78 different trials related to mask-wearing effectiveness in preventing COVID-19. It concluded that in community settings, wearing masks “may make little to no difference” in reducing flu-like illnesses or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

However, in March 2023, Karla Soares-Weiser, the editor-in-chief of the Cochrane Library, issued a statement clarifying the study’s findings, stating that it was “widely misinterpreted” and could not answer whether mask-wearing reduces the risk of contracting or spreading respiratory viruses.

The recent uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has led to the reimplementation of mask mandates in some regions across the country.

The Charlotte Observer further reports that local schools have since encouraged mask usage for students and staff in response to new cases.

Some Republican-led states have opposed the idea of reinstating mask mandates. While Fauci does not foresee a federal mask mandate in the U.S., he suggested that mask recommendations could be considered if there is a significant increase in cases.

Dr. Fauci has consistently maintained that individual mask-wearing provides advantages in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The ongoing debate over masks reflects the complex landscape of public health measures and their effectiveness in managing the ongoing pandemic.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballardhttps://tosbos.com/
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.
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