United States is ‘out of the pandemic phase,’ Fauci says

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Restrictions, too, are easing as many Americans appear to be putting the pandemic behind them. Masking requirements have been lifted across most of the country, and officials stopped enforcing a federal mask mandate in transportation settings after a judge struck down the requirement. «We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase,» Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said Tuesday evening on PBS’s «NewsHour». Fauci said the United States was no longer seeing «tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. »

While previous infections are believed to offer some protection against serious disease for most people, health experts say the best protection against infection and serious disease or death from the coronavirus is vaccination. The coronavirus will not be eradicated, Fauci said, but can be handled if its level of spread is kept «very low» and people are «intermittently» vaccinated, though he said he did not know how frequently. And Fauci echoed warnings from the World Health Organization and the United Nations this month that worldwide, the pandemic is far from over as vaccinations lag, particularly in developing nations.

Bryan Pietsrch | WP

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