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Dr. Fauci hints at more COVID-19 rule changes

Dr. Fauci said during his recent interview with the ‘Today’ show that there may be more changes coming to the CDC’s recommendations

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Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks to Congress on Sept. 23, 2020.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has hinted at more changes to recommendations from the CDC concerning coronavirus precautions.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser on the novel coronavirus, recently suggested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may pull back on its recommended restrictions soon.

What Fauci said about CDC guidelines

Fauci spoke with Savannah Guthrie on NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday about the recently updated CDC guidelines about ditching face masks outside unless you’re in a crowded space.

  • “It means that we’re going in the right direction,” he said.
  • “The risk of getting infected if you are vaccinated and outdoors is extremely low.”

Fauci said he has heard criticisms the CDC was too conservative with its changes. But that’s on purpose, he said.

  • “There’s always that argument that the CDC tends to be a bit conservative,” he said. “They do that because they want to make sure they get it completely right.”

He said more changes could come soon.

  • “As the case numbers come down, they’re going to be pulling back on some of the restrictions.”

What the CDC already said

The CDC said fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless when they’re outside walking, jogging, biking or eating at an outdoor restaurant, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

However, the CDC said people should still avoided crowded outdoor settings, as I wrote for the Deseret News. People should still wear masks in the following scenarios:

  • Sporting events
  • Parades
  • Live performances
  • Hair salons
  • Barbershop
  • Movie theaters
  • Houses of worship