Dr. Anthony Fauci said there’s no evidence showing two masks are safer than wearing one, despite saying otherwise last week.
“There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s no data that indicates that that is going to make a difference,” Fauci said during a video livestream interview with the American Federation of Teachers.
Fauci on double masking:
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— Eli Klein (@TheEliKlein) January 31, 2021
His comments come after saying last week that wearing two face masks “likely” provides more protection than wearing just one mask.
“Because, I mean, this is a physical covering to prevent droplets and virus to get in,” Fauci told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie last Monday. “So, if you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on — it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective, and that’s the reason why you see people either double-masking or doing a version of an N95.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised that masks be worn in public areas, gatherings, and “anywhere they will be around other people.” The CDC has also advised that the masks have two or more layers of breathable fabric, but it has not sent out guidance on wearing two masks.
President Biden asked Fauci to serve as the administration’s chief medical adviser and to work on his COVID-19 team after the election, and he indicated that there would be a greater push for mask-wearing in his administration than under former President Donald Trump’s administration.
“Just 100 days to mask, not forever, 100 days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction,” Biden said in December.
It isn’t the first time Fauci has advised the public with guidance he later backtracked on, including last March when he said no masks were needed at all.
Source: Washington Examiner : Fauci says ‘there’s no data that indicates’ double masks work after saying otherwise last week