Fauci: CDC Has Not Flip-Flopped, Virus Has Changed

By Newsmax
Posted on 07/29/21 | News Source: Newsmax

The change in guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over wearing masks is due to the latest surge in coronavirus cases amid the Delta variant spreading in the United States and is not a flip-flop in policy, President Joe Biden’s chief medial adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.

The CDC announced on Tuesday that in areas with substantial and high transmission, it now recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks in public, indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant and protect others, Mediaite reported.

Fauci told MSNBC that  “even though two months ago the CDC came out with the recommendation that individuals who are vaccinated do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, something has changed. What has changed is the virus. The CDC hasn’t changed. The CDC hasn’t really flipped-flopped.”

He explained that “what’s happened is that when that earlier recommendation was made dealing predominantly with the Alpha variant … it would be extremely unlikely that a vaccinated person who happened to get infected … that they would transmit.”

But Facui stressed that “now, we are dealing with the delta variant, which is really quite a lot more transmissible than the Alpha variant.”