Dr. Anthony Fauci now says that a second wave of COVID-19 may not even happen and that wearing a mask is largely symbolic at this point.
In a Wednesday interview with CNN’s “Newsroom,” Fauci said that a second COVID-19 wave is not necessarily inevitable.
“We often talk about the the possibility of a second wave, or of an outbreak when you’re reopening,” Fauci explained. “We don’t have to accept that as an inevitability.”
“Particularly,” he continued, “when people start thinking about the fall. I want people to really appreciate that, it could happen, but it is not inevitable.”
Fauci also said that Americans should wear face masks in public to protect themselves — but also to get into good practices.
“I want to protect myself and protect others and also because I want to make it be a symbol for people to see that that’s the kind of thing you should be doing,” he added.
During the interview Fauci admitted that wearing a mask is not 100% effective, but says that it is a gesture that shows “respect” for other people.