White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci drew criticism this week after stating that children as young as 3 years old should wear masks.
The story: Fauci made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC in an interview with host Andrea Mitchell.
Mitchell asked Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the Delta variant of the coronavirus and what it means for minors who are not vaccinated. She previously noted that children under the age of 12 cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine and “generally, do not get sick, don’t get Covid, or don’t as ill with it.”
Fauci said that children and their parents should follow federal health advice. He pointed to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines say that “masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated.”
“Well, a couple of questions and the answers are the children who are not able to get vaccinated because of their age should follow, their parents should follow with them, the guidelines of the CDC. That unvaccinated children of a certain age greater than 2 years old should be wearing masks,” Fauci told Mitchell.
“No doubt about that. That’s the way to protect them from getting infected because if they do, they can then spread the infection to someone else,” he continued.
“So the CDC guidelines for unvaccinated people including children are not changed at all,” Fauci added.
Worth noting: As Mitchell noted, children are at a lower risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. According to data from the CDC, only 331, or about 1 in 2,000, minors (0-17 year-olds) died from the virus.
Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies and the government are looking into whether the vaccines are safe for children under the age of 12.
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