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Nobody will be wearing masks by June, expert says

Dr. Scott Gottlieb said no one will be wearing COVID-19 face masks by June

Roy and Melissa Kaiser hold their masks in their hands as they walk on State Street in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday, May 14, 2021. 
Roy and Melissa Kaiser hold their masks in their hands as they walk on State Street in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday, May 14, 2021. Federal guidelines say masks are no longer needed in most situations for Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said Monday that face masks will be totally out by June.

  • “By June, nobody is going to be wearing masks. By June, I think, the prevalence (of COVID-19) is going to be sufficiently low in this country (and) we’re just not going to be concerned about it,” he told CNBC.

Why no masks by June?

Gottlieb’s comments came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a massive change to face mask rules, which allow people to ditch their masks in most indoor and outdoor settings, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

However, there remains some skepticism about the decision. Experts told CNN there are some questions about how the guidelines will impact the entire country.

  • “We are on the right path (for) people who are fully immunized,” National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told CNN. ”You can take your mask off indoors as well as outdoors.”
  • He added: “We are not at the end of this story. There are still a lot of people who haven’t gotten that shot.”

Should you still wear a face mask?

Gottlieb said he still wears a face mask when he goes shopping or is out with his children. There’s no problem, he said, with wearing a mask.

  • “What’s the downside of keeping it on?” Gottlieb said. “I would probably keep a mask on my kids a little bit longer.”