HEALTH officials are considering telling the country to once again wear masks just as the new Delta variant of the coronavirus makes its way through the United States.
The nation's leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is examining options as to whether it should reinstate a mask mandate for even fully vaccinated people in public.
"This is under active consideration," Fauci said on CNN. "It's not going to be good. We're going in the wrong direction."
Fauci was sounding the alarms when telling CNN host Jake Tapper about the growing number of coronavirus cases in the US as a result of the Delta variant, which has sprung up in Europe and is now established itself in the country.
Tapper had asked Fauci what he thinks after CNN reported the Biden administration's health officials are having "preliminary conversations" regarding another mask mandate.
The talks were in the "preliminary phase and their result could be as simple as new messaging from top White House officials," the Washington Post reported.
"We're going in the wrong direction," Fauci said Sunday.
"And since we have 50 percent of the country [that] is not fully vaccinated, that's a problem, particularly when you have a variant like Delta, which has this extraordinary characteristic of being able to spread very efficiently and very easily from person to person."
"If we don't vaccinate people, the model is going to predict that we're going to be in trouble as we continue to get more and more cases."
Fauci was asked about local areas that are enforcing their own mask mandates or other formalities in reasonable accordance with the CDC.
"That's a local decision that's not incompatible with the CDC's overall recommendations that give a lot of discretion to the locals," Fauci said.
"And we're seeing that in L.A. We're seeing it in Chicago. We're seeing that in New Orleans, because the officials there, many of them are saying, 'Even if you're vaccinated, it's prudent to wear a mask indoors.'"
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