It’s beginning to seem that if National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci had it his way, Americans would wear face masks forever.
During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Fauci said he envisions a United States where face masks will be a permanent feature, Breitbart reported.
On Sunday, Fauci told host Chuck Todd that wearing masks will be likely be a “seasonal aspect” in American life.
Todd asked Fauci, “At what point can we stop wearing masks outside? At what point if vaccinated people, do you take the masks off? Is the mask going to be something we have with us in a seasonal aspect?”
“You know, that’s quite possible,” Fauci replied. “I think people have gotten used to the fact that wearing masks, clearly if you look at the data, diminishes respiratory diseases.”
He continued, saying, “we’ve had practically a non-existent flu season this year, merely because people were doing the kind of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19.”
He then cited Australia as an example of the flu supposedly being eradicated by mask-wearing.
“So, it is conceivable that as we go on a year or two or more from now, that during certain seasonal periods when you have respiratory-borne viruses like the flu, people might actually elect to wear masks to diminish the likelihood that you’ll be spreading these respiratory-borne diseases,” Fauci said.
A glaring omission
As noted by Fox News, Todd failed to ask Fauci about a critical topic — the origins of the coronavirus.
According to recent reports, Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the lab where many believe the coronavirus originated.
Thanks to the the Chinese Communist Party, however, an investigation into that lab has not been allowed to be carried out.
“Can someone in the American media please ask Fauci these basic questions?” Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) said on Twitter after the interview. “Dr. Fauci was just on ‘Meet the Press’ and Chuck Todd didn’t ask him a single question about the origin of the disease and whether U.S. taxpayer dollars went to gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”