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The views of RIVM director Jaap van Dissel about mouth masks are not shared by the prominent American immunologist Anthony Fauci. Van Dissel does not believe that masks are an effective means of spreading the virus, but Fauci, director of the American National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, thinks otherwise.

News Hour asked Fauci on Monday what his advice would be to Van Dissel. “I would ask him to study the rapidly growing body of data on the importance and effectiveness of face masks,” said the Trump administration’s health advisor. According to him, things are going in the wrong direction with the corona figures in the Netherlands.

According to Fauci, wearing face masks is “important” in addition to avoiding crowded places, keeping your distance and washing hands as often as possible. There is “some evidence that the virus can be airborne,” said the immunologist. A “strong encouragement” from the authorities to wear a mask everywhere is therefore warranted.

The interview comes on the day that the government advises for the first time to wear mouth masks in shops in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Prime Minister Rutte noted that “mouth masks will not save us.”

Van Dissel has repeatedly said that RIVM sees no evidence based on scientific data to make the wearing of non-medical face masks mandatory.

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 expressed the expectation that there will be a vaccine by the end of this year. That could be administered to healthcare workers and the elderly in the first quarter of 2021. He says it will take until the second or third quarter before the entire American population can be vaccinated.

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