Dr. Anthony Fauci has done it again by spewing out another of his highly controversial statements on the tackling of COVID-19, this time by insisting that very young children should be wearing masks.
Fauci, who is the chief medical advisor to the president and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told MSNBC earlier this week that children as young as 3 ought to wear masks because they are presently ineligible for getting vaccinated against the coronavirus due to their age.
How old are you? Two? Wear a mask!
When asked by MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell what the spread of the delta COVID-19 variant meant for children below 12 years ago who aren’t allowed to be vaccinated yet, and what the timeline for them would look like, Fauci gave a very categorical statement.
He declared that there is “no doubt about” the fact that young children and their parents should follow the CDC guidelines stating that kids above 2 years ago should be wearing masks.
Fauci added they should be doing that to protect themselves against COVID-19 but also because if they get infected, they would then be spreading the virus themselves.
He emphasized that the CDC guidelines “are not changed at all” as far as unvaccinated people are concerned.
The CDC does say in its guidelines for the fall opening of K-12 schools that all people “age 2 and older” who haven’t been fully vaccinated should be wearing masks indoors.
In his response, Fauci also said the federal government and pharmaceutical companies are presently working on age de-escalations studies by inspecting the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for the age groups of 9-12, 6-9, 2-6, and then 6 months to 2 years old.
He added the data will likely be available by the end of the year, and the FDA would be able to make a recommendation on child vaccination based on it when it decides to do so.
While Fauci has tangled himself in a number of controversies since the start of the pandemic and has been known for advocating severe measures, his calls for masking up children have been especially irksome to the public considering that the youngest age group has the smallest risk of getting seriously ill with COVID-19.
With Fauci’s latest declaration that even 3-year-olds should be wearing masks, a large number of Americans have taken to Twitter to vent out their anger or to mock the NIAID director.
Some called Fauci an “embarrassment” while others suggested that little children should be wearing two or three masks since they can never be too safe; still, others declared they want to launch Fauci into orbit.