Dr. Peter Hotez is siding with one of many nation’s prime docs following a showdown between Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci on Capitol Hill over masks.
“Dr. Fauci is absolutely right, Senator Paul is absolutely wrong, and that’s the way it’s been for the last 14 months,” Hotez stated.
Paul claimed that persons are not prone to Covid after they’ve recovered or have been vaccinated, and, due to this fact, don’t must put on masks. The Kentucky Senator additionally asserted that Fauci was carrying two masks merely for present.
The White House chief medical advisor emphatically pushed again towards Paul’s feedback Thursday throughout a Senate listening to analyzing the nation’s coronavirus response efforts.
″Can I simply state for the file that masks aren’t theater,” Fauci said. “I completely disagree with you.”
In a Thursday night interview on “The News with Shepard Smith” Hotez noted that eventually “masks may have to come back off,” but that it’s too soon and “we’re nonetheless making an attempt to grasp the total efficiency traits of the vaccines.”
“We’re solely now getting a glimmer that it interrupts asymptomatic transmission,” Hotez said.
The debate over masks comes as nearly half the country is experiencing a surge in Covid cases. Twenty-three states reported an increase in cases, as a seven-day average, over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins. Half a dozen states are also seeing hospitalizations trend higher, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital, told host Shepard Smith that the spikes could be the result of highly transmissible new variants.
“The key now could be to vaccinate forward of the variants as quick as we will,” Hotez stated.