It's Possible Americans Will Still Be Wearing Masks in 2022 | 22 Words

After the United States reached a grim milestone of 500,000 COVID deaths, less than two weeks ago, a Burn The Mask rally in Idaho is making headlines - as children have been pictured throwing their face masks into fire.

Read on for more on this shocking revelation...

Now, every one of us has had to deal with the challenges 2020 threw at us...

via: Getty

And now we're in 2021, things seem as though they're very slowly returning to normal.

Places are reopening, restrictions are being lifted...

via: Getty

And the world feels a little less like an apocalypse movie.

But despite the positive changes, there are still some precautions we all have to take...

via: Getty

To prevent us from plummeting back into the worst of it.

In fact, some precautions are becoming mandatory in some places.

Getty

Including here in the U.S.

In the majority of states and in many countries, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask or covering.

Getty

For example, in some retail stores, customers are required to wear one... And not to mention while traveling on public transport.

Although some people have been choosing to wear a face-covering regardless...

To provide them with peace of mind.

But the issue that many people have discovered is how uncomfortable face masks can be...

Getty

Especially when they are worn for a long period of time.

This has resulted in some people simply refusing to wear them, or all together, mocking the importance of wearing a mask.

Getty

Countless anti-lockdown protests have taken place around the world, with people wanting to "live freely than be oppressed by masks."

Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance over and over again.

Healthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.

You'd think the pros would outweigh the cons, right?

Getty

Well, despite the experts' advice to stay covered in public areas, there are still people refusing to listen.

And it's these people who have undoubtedly contributed to the length of this terrible pandemic.

Getty

When will people learn?!

Well, it seems as if these "anti-maskers" aren't happy with one of the latest medical updates...

Getty

Because it looks like the masks are here to stay!

Two weeks ago, the United States revealed they had neared 500,000 COVID deaths...

And the news of this staggering number is simply unfathomable.

A memorial event was carried out by President Biden and the White House...

Where they held a moment of silence for those lives lost.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters:

Getty

"The president will use his own voice and platform to take a moment to remember the people whose lives have been lost, the families who are still suffering ... at what is still a very difficult moment in this country."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House COVID-19 medical adviser and the nation's top infectious disease official, also spoke of this grim milestone.

Getty

"It's nothing like we've ever been through in the last 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic. ... It really is a terrible situation that we've been through - and that we're still going through," he said, as per Reuters.

While the decline "is really terrific ... we are still at a level that's very high," Dr. Fauci then said on NBC's Meet the Press program.

Getty

"We want to get that baseline really, really, really low before we start thinking that we're out of the woods."

And then...

Getty

Dr. Fauci suggested that Americans will be needing to wear face masks until 2022.

He explained that masks will still be needed, regardless of other measures coming into place to prevent the spread of the virus...

Getty

And of course, the distribution of the vaccine won't alter this fact in the slightest.

But the latest news is truly terrifying.

And it's to do with the #BurnTheMask rally in Idaho this weekend - which saw countless children, yes children, throwing masks into a fire, encouraged by grown ups.

The rally was organized in part by by Idaho State Representatives.

More specifically, Dorothy Moon and Heather Scott, who organized the event earlier this week in a joint video they filmed.

It makes for sad viewing, as the kids, who obviously don't know better, are encouraged to throw their masks into the flames...

Let's hope that more people get on board with wearing masks...

Getty

Because ultimately, they will save so many lives.

For more news on the pandemic, scroll on...