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Dr. Fauci Urges Precautions In Face Of COVID-19 Variants, But Pockets Of Resistance Persist

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As more coronavirus variants spread throughout the U.S., experts say there are ways to keep new infections from surging once again. But as CBS News' Michael George reports, there are pockets of resistance -- including people burning masks.

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- As more COVID-19 variants spread throughout the United States, experts say there are new ways to keep new infections from surging once again. But as CBS News Michael George explains, there are pockets of resistance.


MICHAEL GEORGE: Dr. Anthony Fauci says more contagious COVID variants spreading around the US can be fought with vaccines, social distancing, and masks.

ANTHONY FAUCI: If we don't do those things, there is a threat that we will see a surge coming up.

RAND PAUL: You've been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show.

ANTHONY FAUCI: Masks are not theater. Masks are protective.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Fauci addressed his exchange on Capitol Hill this week with Republican Senator Rand Paul, who's also a medical doctor.

ANTHONY FAUCI: His point was if-- that if you're vaccinated, you shouldn't be wearing a mask. In fact, as-- the more people get vaccinated, just put masks away, it's theater. That's ridiculous.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Dr. Fauci cited a new study that finds people aged 65 and older are more prone to being reinfected by the coronavirus. But as the pandemic begins its second year, mask wearing continues to be a source of division.

- Join us in the fight to regain our constitutional freedoms.

MICHAEL GEORGE: In Phoenix, a group burned masks and held up signs against vaccines. In Texas City, Texas.

- I'm trying to school you people on my rights.

MICHAEL GEORGE: This woman was arrested for a second time after refusing to wear a mask in a store. But amid the strife, signs of life the way Americans knew it. In Oakland, California kids relished the reopening of an amusement park, while kids of all ages celebrated as the curtain rose at the El Capitan theater in Los Angeles for the first time in more than a year. Michael George, CBS News.

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