Americans should be prepared for the possibility of a “tougher type of restriction”

Over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans needed to be “flexible enough to pivot” to a world with restrictions in place – “tougher” restrictions, in particular – due to the Chinese coronavirus.

Fauci has used recent media appearances to warn Americans that if trends seem to be heading in the right direction, they should be prepared to bring back coronavirus-era restrictions if public health officials deem it necessary. President Biden’s medical adviser made the same remark during an appearance on the BBC Sunday morning program as well, warning that people need to be prepared for “a stiffer type of restriction.”

However, he said he didn’t want to use the word ‘lockdown’ because it’s too controversial.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘lockdown’ because it has a loaded element, but I think we need to keep an eye on the pattern of what we’re seeing with infections right now,” Fauci said, adding that ” we have to be prepared for the possibility that we have another variant that comes along and then things change.”

“And if we get a deviation that gives us a slight increase in cases and hospitalizations, we must be prepared and flexible enough to return – at least temporarily – to a more rigid type of restrictions, like requiring masks at the hospital. inside,” he said, echoing sentiments he’s expressed over the past few months.

“You can go ahead and keep tiptoeing towards normalcy, which we are doing, but at the same time, know that you may have to step back,” Fauci said earlier this month. -this.

Fauci’s remarks on Sunday morning days after Hawaii became the last state in the country to officially lift its indoor mask mandate.

It also appeared to do another flip-flop over the weekend, as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) told WUSA9 that we’re “actually past the pandemic phase and beyond the deceleration stage” of the pandemic, despite the fact that he said the world was only in the first phase of the pandemic just a few months ago, in January 2022. , Fauci told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos last week that we “have a long way to go” in the pandemic:


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