On “Fox News Sunday,” anchor Chris Wallace asked Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky why crowded sports arenas weren’t contributing to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
“You see hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands people all packed together – not a mask in sight. I understand it’s outdoors,” Wallace stated, “but what does it tell you that there have not been spikes in most of these communities when you have people crowded into football or baseball stadiums?”
While arguing that unvaccinated people should still wear masks at these events, Walensky argued that being outside is a much safer environment.
“We would still encourage people who are unvaccinated to wear a mask in those situations, but given that these games are outdoors, that tends to be a much safer environment,” Walensky said.
CDC guidelines state, “In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.”
When asked about the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Walensky stated, “It’s critically important that we gather, that we be together with our family and friends during these holidays. We have the prevention strategies that we know work to be safe for those holidays.”
She urged people who had not been vaccinated to get vaccinated before celebrating the holidays, and she emphasized that outdoor gatherings were safer than indoor gatherings.
Earlier this month, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci was chastised for questioning whether Americans would be able to spend the holidays with their families.
Fauci said it’s “just too soon to tell” whether holiday gatherings should be limited for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic, but that Americans should focus on reducing new infections and hospitalizations.