(CNSNews.com) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that if he goes out he would and does wear a face mask, but he stays six feet away from people.
When asked whether he wears a mask when he’s not on television, Fauci said, “Well, you know, my life is pretty different. I stay six feet away from anybody that I can. If I go out, which I really don't do very much because of my life as it is now, Margaret, I would and do.
“If you go to a situation where you don't have control over that six-foot distance, that you wear a mask. In fact, my wife just went out to get us some food for the morning, and she doesn't wear a mask in the house or when we go out and run, but when she gets into a situation, as I would, where you don't have the power or the control of staying six feet away, I would recommend doing what the CDC as I think appropriately and correctly said,” he said.
“It's an adjunct. It's an additional way to help protect you and to have you help protect others,” Fauci said.
Fauci told reporters at the White House press briefing on Sunday evening that he doesn’t wear a face mask in part because the main reason to wear one is to protect other people from you.
“Why am I not wearing a facemask now? Okay, there are couple reasons. One of them is that part of, in fact the major reason to wear a face mask is to protect you from infecting you. I had my test yesterday. It was negative, Thursday,” Fauci said.