NIH Director Calls Face Mask a ‘Life-Saving Medical Device’

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Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, referred to a face mask as “a life-saving medical device” in an interview over on Fox News.

Wallace began by noting that a number of states had imposed bans on mask mandates for schools and asked Collins to address the issue.

“How strong is the case that children in school should wear masks as a mitigation against delta?” Wallace asked.

“Chris, it’s very strong,” Collins replied, saying that the CDC website had shared publications and evidence showing that where schools had already opened without mask mandates, outbreaks had already begun to take hold.

“Outbreaks are happening and what happens then? The kids are sent home for virtual learning, which is what we were trying to avoid,” Collins continued.

Some states are opting to go back into lockdown while other states are lifting all mandates and trying to return to a sense of normalcy.


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