CDC Director: Face Masks May Be More Effective Than COVID Vaccine

CDC Director: Masks May Be Even More Effective Than A COVID Vaccine

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The director for the CDC stresses that face masks are our “best defense” against the novel coronavirus

Putting on a face mask every time you leave the house might seem like a total pain but, according to CDC director Robert Redfield, it’s worth any temporary hassle. In fact, we should probably (read: most definitely) all just get on board with face coverings now — they might just be our best hope of ending the novel coronavirus pandemic ASAP.

“These face masks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have, and I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings,” said Redfield during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

He continued, “I have said if we did it for six, eight, 10, 12 weeks, we would bring this pandemic under control. We have clear scientific evidence they work and they are our best defense.”

Naturally, we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for news of a COVID-19 vaccine. The reality, though, is that face masks could be the superior protection even then. Emphasized Redfield, “I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine, because [the vaccine] may be 70 percent. And if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine’s not going to protect me. The face mask will.”

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has also underscored the importance of face masks. Last month, he stressed that the likelihood of producing a highly effective vaccine — one offering 98 percent or more guaranteed protection — is “not great.”