As we continue to delve deeper into this delta variant spiral, there are many out there who are wondering whether or not a return to our previous precautions may be in order.
Experts are suggesting that the delta variant of COVID-19 spreads much faster than the original version of the virus, and also has the potential to create breakthrough infections among vaccinated individuals.
This hasn’t swayed many Republican lawmakers, however, with the Governors of both Florida and Texas recently signing laws and orders that would prohibit business owners from implementing mask and vaccine-based guidelines for customers.
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci is starting to think that mask shouldn’t be optional…but required.
While the number of those cases driven by the more transmissible delta variant is not clear, the CDC advised in early July that the variant was likely the dominant strain in the U.S. The CDC once again advised masks whenever individuals are inside shared spaces, but many people have resisted the call to wear masks, saying they have a right to choose whether to wear one.
“I respectfully disagree with them,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week.” “There are things that are individual responsibilities that one has, and there are things that have to do with you individually which also impact others, and the spread of infection that we’re seeing now … is impacting everyone in the country.”
“Although you want to respect a person’s individual right, when you’re dealing with a public health situation, and we are in fact in a very serious public health challenge here … a person’s individual decision to not wear a mask not only impacts them … but you very well may infect another person who may be vulnerable,” he added.
The statement isn’t likely to win over any former Fauci critics, who are concerned that the federal government is overstepping their bounds when it comes to bodily sovereignty.