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As COVID-19 vaccinations increase and restrictions become more relaxed, many people are eager to get rid of the masks that have been a staple in American life for more than a year.
CHRIS SEARCY: Sunday, on Meet the Press, White House Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said, quote, "I think people have gotten used to the fact that wearing masks clearly diminishes respiratory diseases." Fauci says mask-wearing could become seasonal because of how effective it's been against illnesses like the flu. Between October 1st and January 30th, only 155 people in the US had been hospitalized with the flu. That's a 98% decrease from the same window of time in the 2019/2020 flu season. Local doctors agree.
DANA HAWKINSON: Certainly reduces the spread of several types of infections, and overall is probably a little bit better for everybody's health as a community as well.
CHRIS SEARCY: Dr. Fauci says by July the 4th, we could put the risk of an outbreak behind us.
ANTHONY FAUCI: If we get, which we will, to the goals that the president has established. You may see blips, but if we handle them well, it is unlikely that you'll see the kind of surge that we saw in the late fall and the early winter.
CHRIS SEARCY: Dr. Hawkinson says a roadblock to that destination is COVID fatigue. However, it can be circumvented.
DANA HAWKINSON: We are all fatigued, but we also still have to understand that we can make these decisions, we are adults, we know what the best thing to do is.
CHRIS SEARCY: And doctors say the quickest way for us to get back to normal is still through herd immunity. Chris Searcy, Fox4, working for you.