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, Dr. Anthony Fauci has said it is very much possible that Americans will still be wearing face masks in 2022.

Read on for more on this shocking revelation...

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

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

Places are reopening, restrictions are being lifted...

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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...

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

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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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?

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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.

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When will people learn?!

Well, it seems as if these "anti-maskers" aren't going to be happy with the latest medical update...

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Because it looks like the masks are here to stay!

Over the weekend, the United States neared 500,000 COVID deaths...

And the news of this staggering number is simply unfathomable.

A memorial event is being planned by President Biden and the White House...

And a moment of silence is planned to go ahead today for all of the lives lost during this terrible year.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday:

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"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.

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"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.

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

And then...

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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...

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

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

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Because ultimately, they will save so many lives.

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