White House senior medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday night on MSNBC that Americans who have been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus should continue to avoid eating or drinking indoors.
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan asked Fauci if it was OK to eat and drink in restaurants and bars.
“No, it is still not OK,” Fauci responded. He called infection levels and dynamics “really disturbingly high.” (RELATED: ‘I’m Not Really Quite Sure’: Fauci Can’t Explain Why Texas COVID Cases Are Dropping Despite The State Lifting All Restrictions)
Fauci said there were close to 80,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday and that the average number of daily new infections has been between 60,000 and 75,000. He encouraged people to get vaccinated but warned Americans that they should not return to normal life even if they are fully vaccinated.
“If you’re not vaccinated please get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available to you, and if you are vaccinated, please remember that you still have to be careful and not get involved in crowded situations, particularly indoors where people are not wearing masks,” Fauci added.
Studies need to confirm whether people who are vaccinated can still get a “subclinical infection” and spread coronavirus to others before anyone can stop wearing masks, Fauci continued.
“Until we show definitively that a person who’s vaccinated does not get this subclinical infection and can spread to others, you should also continue to wear a mask for the time being.”