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The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance about wearing face masks outdoors for fully vaccinated people.

Under the new CDC guidance, people who received both Covid-19 mRNA injections can remove their face masks outdoors.

"It's the return of freedom," said Dr. Mike Saag, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It's the return of us being able to do normal activities again."

Dr Anthony Fauci admitted on Sunday that the risk of contracting coronavirus outside is "miniscule."

During an interview on CBS, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said on Tuesday, "You're vaccinated, guess what, you get to return to a normal lifestyle!"

He also had a message for those who prefer not to take the experimental mRNA vaccine. "You're not vaccinated, you're still a danger, you're still in danger as well, so get vaccinated."

In fully open states such as Georgia, Florida and Texas, 70% of residents have not received the vaccine, yet many walk around mask-free.

"When you get vaccinated, you can join [the two-thirds of vaccinated seniors] outdoors, and not have to wear masks," Becerra said.

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Senator Rand Paul, a licensed doctor, blames the White House and the CDC for the fact that many states are still under 30% vaccinated.

"[T]here is no science behind any of this. It's fear-mongering. But it also has a deleterious effect, in that it's discouraging people from getting the vaccine because they’re saying, well, if the vaccine doesn't mean anything, it doesn't seem to have any protective benefit, you get no benefit."

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Dr. Anthony Fauci was at a loss to explain why coronavirus cases and deaths continue to fall in Texas despite the state reopening.

During an interview on MSNBC Tuesday morning, Fauci was asked to comment on the positive numbers in Texas.

The MSNBC host said, "Texas effectively opened up, dropped all those restrictions and said, 'It's back to life.' And if you go to Texas, as you know, it looks like 2019. The restaurants and the bars are full and open. The ballparks are full, and yet, we've seen cases and hospitalizations since then continue to tick downward."

Fauci, senior advisor to the White House, was pressed by MSNBC to explain why the cases aren't spiking.

"Yeah, you know, it can be confusing because you may see a lag and a delay, because often you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect of what you're doing right now," said Fauci. "There are a lot of things that go into that. When you say they had a lot of activity on the outside like ball games. I'm not really quite sure... I hope they continue to tick down, if they do that would be great. But there's always the concern that when you pull back on methods, particularly things like indoor dining, and bars that are crowded, you can see a delay, and then all of a sudden cases tick back up."

Fauci soldiered on, despite being wrong about the coronavirus in the past.

"We've been fooled before by situations where people begin to open up -- nothing happens, and then all of a sudden several weeks later, things start exploding on you."

It has been more than a month since Texas reopened. And states such as Florida and Georgia have been wide open since last summer.

Watch part of the interview below.
 

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pleaded with former President Donald Trump to urge his followers to get the coronavirus vaccine.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Fauci told Anchor Chuck Todd it's "disturbing" that most Trump supporters are unwilling to get the coronavirus vaccine.

"I want to talk about vaccine," said Todd. "We are seeing a bigger divide by politics. We talked about it earlier. For instance, among Trump voters, 47% have said they'll not be vaccinated, 30% say yes, and half Republican men say they're not going to take this vaccine."

Todd continued noted that Trump was not among four living presidents to appear in a vaccine PSA: "You have the PSA with all the former presidents except one, President Trump, in there. Do you think he needs to be enlisted here ... to get his voters to take this vaccine?"

Fauci replied, "Chuck, I hope he does because the numbers that you gave are so disturbing, how such a large proportion of a certain group of people would not want to get vaccinated merely because of political consideration. It makes absolutely no sense, and I've been saying that for so long."

Neither man informed viewers that Trump was not invited to participate in the vaccine PSA with the living former presidents -- Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy Carter.

Fauci added, "We've got to dissociate political persuasion from what's common sense, no-brainer public health things. The history of vaccinology has rescued us from smallpox, from polio, from measles, from all of the other diseases. What is the problem here?"

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Police in Queens, New York are investigating a possible hate crime against Asians after a man spat on an Asian woman carrying a baby.

The incident occurred on Tuesday in the vicinity of 186th Street and Peck Avenue in Fresh Meadows around 10:30 a.m.

The 25-year-old victim told police the male suspect spit on her three times before calling her a "Chinese virus."

She reported the incident to the New York Police Department three hours later. The NYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.

Police are asking the public to help identify the man who is described as a male in his 30s, about 200 pounds, and 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

In another incident, Nancy Toh, an 83-year-old Asian woman in Westchester County, was spit on and punched in the nose by an unidentified male.

Culturally, Asians are taught not to speak up when they are assaulted.

Police arrested 40-year-old Glenmore Nemherd and charged him with felony assault for injury to a person over 65. The suspect is homeless with a long violent history, according to Yahoo News.

Crimes against Asians are on the rise in America due to the Covid-19 coronavirus originating in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly approved a $3.4 million grant to the same Wuhan lab in 2014.

In 2020, Fauci said there is "No scientific evidence the coronavirus was made in a Chinese lab."

Fauci, who has a financial interest in Moderna vaccines, is director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the president.

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A new report by the CDC suggests wearing 2 face masks can help reduce coronavirus exposure.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC are now recommending wearing 2 masks to block 95% of virus particles.

The CDC guidance followed the release of an agency study that shows double masking boosts protection from aerosolized particles.

"The bottom line is this: Masks work and they work best when they have a good fit and are worn correctly," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing on Wednesday.

Dr. Fauci recently said "there's no data that indicates that [double masking] is going to make a difference."

This isn't the first time Fauci has flip-flopped on coronavirus recommendations.

In March 2020, Dr. Fauci said a mask was less effective than good hand washing.

This week, the CDC issued guidelines to properly wear face masks for a snug fit.

The following guidelines ensure a snug fit against the face because gaps in the mask can let in air and virus particles.

  • Wear a cloth mask over a medical mask
  • Pick a medical mask with a flexible metal strip along the top of the mask
  • Bend the metal strip over your nose to fit close to your face
  • Use a mask filter or brace over your mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges
  • Check for air gaps in mask by cupping your hands around the edges of mask
  • Make sure no air is flowing from the outer edges of mask or from the mask edge near your eyes
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    Make sure you can breathe while wearing 2 masks.

    The CDC says wearing 2 masks is safe for those of you who don't have breathing problems or respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD.

    If you feel lightheaded or dizzy from breathing in your own carbon dioxide while wearing 2 masks, consider that you might be having a panic attack, which can trigger sudden feelings of suffocation, according to health.com.

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    Before the U.S. rollout of Covid-19 mRNA vaccines began two weeks ago, health officials vowed to have 20 million Americans vaccinated by the end of the year. Their estimates were way off.

    With only two days left in the year, Operation Warp Speed has missed its goal by a mile.

    Less than 2 million Americans received the first (possibly placebo) dose of the mRNA vaccine. The numbers are a major disappointment to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who suggested that there must be some undercounting going on.

    "We certainly are not at the numbers that we wanted to be at the end of December," Fauci told CNN's New Day.

    "I mean, even if... 2 million is an undercount, how much undercount could it be? So, we are below where we want to be."

    Fauci said he hoped to see "an increase in momentum" of vaccines going into people's arms in January, "because we really want to get those priority people vaccinated so that we can then get to what we call open season for the general population."

    Fauci, who earlier admitted he lied about the percentage of herd immunity required to return the country to normal, now says 75-80% herd immunity is required.

    Officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the vaccines do not prevent or slow the transmission of the virus. The official said masks, social distancing and quarantine will still be required even for those who get the vaccines.

    During the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, Fauci said healthy people shouldn't wear masks because masks create the perfect environment to grow bacteria and viruses.

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    Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans must "do what you're told” as positive Covid-19 tests surge in hotspots around the country.

    Fauci is fed up that Americans are ignoring his advice about wearing masks and social distancing, particularly in wide open states such as Florida and Georgia.

    The 77-year-old semi-retired doctor spoke in a forum with United Kingdom officials who are faced with similar public resistance to Covid-19 fear-mongering in their region.

    "We don't want to be told what to do," Fauci acknowledged. "Well, I understand that, but now is the time to do what you're told."

    Researchers quietly withdrew a study on the effectiveness of face masks after Covid-19 positive tests surged in places where face masks or face coverings are mandated.

    "The authors have withdrawn this manuscript because there are increased rates of SARS- CoV-2 cases in the areas that we originally analyzed in this study," the researchers wrote.

    The study was funded in part by Yale University.

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    Journalist Bob Woodward claims President Donald Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus during a phone call.

    In February, Trump spoke to Woodward who was doing research for his latest book, Rage. Woodward claimed Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus at the time to prevent the public from panicking.

    Democrats reacted with outrage to the leaked audio, saying Trump "intentionally" mislead the general public about the virus that originated in Wuhan, China in December.

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    On the campaign trail in Michigan, Joe Biden told auto workers that Trump "lied" about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump's admission was "a life and death betrayal of the American people."

    But Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the White Task Force on the coronavirus, told Fox News: "I don't think [Trump] ever distorted things that I spoke to him about."

    Fauci added: "I don't think he said much different than what we said [to him] when we were in the Oval Office."

    The White House Task Force held daily press briefings and Fauci even predicted that "millions" of Americans would die from the virus.

    On Jan. 30, Trump told his supporters at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, "We're working with China just so you know, and other countries very, very closely, so it doesn't get out of hand, but it's something that we have to be very, very careful with, right? We have to be very careful.

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    Dr. Anthony Fauci complained that he was locked out of President Trump's press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

    Fauci gave several interviews before and after Trump's press briefing on the White House response to the pandemic on Tuesday.

    On Monday, Trump announced he would resume regular news briefing on the pandemic after the virus spiked in some cities in recent weeks.

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    The press briefing was short and attended by 2 dozen reporters spaced 6 feet apart. Trump said the coronavirus would get worse before it gets better, but the virus will eventually disappear.

    He went off script when he expressed good wishes to his former friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently being held without bond in a Brooklyn detention center. She faces child sex trafficking charges.
     

    In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper an hour before Trump's briefing, Fauci said he was not invited to attend the briefing, even though his colleague Dr. Deborah Birx was invited to attend.

    "I was not invited up to this point. I'm assuming that I'm not going to be there because [Trump's press briefing is] going to be in just a short while and I'm still here at the NIH. So I'm assuming I'm not going to be there."

    Trump expressed a lack of confidence in Dr. Fauci for making many "mistakes" regarding the coronavirus.

    In March, Dr. Fauci insisted face masks were unnecessary because they don't stop or slow down the spread of the virus.

    Fauci also warned 2 million Americans would die if the country was not locked down. Fauci's recommendations resulted in the loss of millions of jobs and forced businesses to lock their doors for good.

    In an interview with Fox News that aired on Sunday, Trump said Fauci was a "bit of an alarmist. That's OK. A little bit of an alarmist."

    Fauci denied being an alarmist when he spoke to Tapper. "I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist. But people do have their opinions other than that."

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    Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hasn't personally briefed President Trump on the coronavirus in two months.

    Dr. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says he hasn't seen Trump in person since June 2 and had not briefed him since May.

    Fauci told the Financial Times he's passed notes on the pandemic to Trump's staff and he's sure the president receives his messages.

    President Trump has been critical of Dr. Fauci's opinions on the coronavirus.

    In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Trump said suggested he'd lost confidence in Dr. Fauci because he "made a lot of mistakes".

    Dr. Fauci is on record saying Americans should not wear face masks because masks do not prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

    "There's no reason for people to be walking around with a mask," Fauci said back in March.

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    Dr. Fauci criticized Trump for saying 99% of people in the world who are infected with the virus "automatically get better."

    Fauci said the president was incorrect in claiming 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless.

    "I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci said. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1%. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case."

    The fatality rate, or deaths divided by confirmed cases, is about 4.3%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

    But Johns Hopkins didn't take into account the millions of Americans who are infected with the virus but have not been tested yet.

    According to USA Today, the death toll could be much lower if cases are undercounted because of lack of testing.