Advice American top doctor to Van Dissel: ‘Mouth mask important’

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News Hour asked Fauci yesterday what his advice would be to Van Dissel, who does not believe that face masks are effective against the spread of the corona virus. “I would ask him to study the rapidly growing amount of data on the importance and effectiveness of masks,” said the US health advisor.

‘Strong Encouragement’

According to Fauci, things are going in the wrong direction with the figures in the Netherlands. A “strong encouragement” from the authorities to wear a face mask everywhere is in order.

In addition to avoiding crowded places, keeping your distance and washing hands as often as possible, according to the leading viral disease expert, wearing face masks is “important”.

The interview with Fauci came on the day that the cabinet recommended for the first time to wear mouth masks in stores in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Van Dissel has repeatedly said that RIVM sees no evidence based on scientific data to make the wearing of non-medical face masks mandatory.

Worry US

Fauci expressed concern about the US, where more than 200,000 people have already died as a result of the virus. He expects an increase in infections now that it is getting colder and people are more often indoors.

The immunologist also expects a vaccine to be available at the end of this year. That could be administered to healthcare workers and the elderly in the first quarter of 2020. He says it will take until the second or third quarter before the entire American population can be vaccinated.





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