Bill Gates: Keep Wearing Masks Despite Vaccine

(CNBC) Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, 65, received his second dose of the Covid vaccine a week ago, he said during an interview on social media app Clubhouse Wednesday. But even though the Microsoft co-founder is fully vaccinated, he’s still following safety precautions like wearing a mask.

“I want to set a good example,” Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin on Clubhouse. “If you’re vaccinated, you can still transmit.”

The Centers for Disease Control says that even people who are fully vaccinated for Covid need to continue to follow public health safety measures. While the vaccines in use from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have been shown to be very effective at preventing severe illness and death from Covid, it’s not clear at this stage whether they prevent transmission.

“I’m not going to stop wearing masks or being careful, particularly around older people who haven’t been vaccinated,” Gates told Sorkin, who is also co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Many people have been wondering at what point we’ll be able to return to normal, or at least cut back on prevention measures like social distancing and masking.

“It’s only by late spring or summer that we’re going to get to numbers where you can look at changing your behavior in a significant way,” Gates said.

Gates said he plans to wear masks throughout the fall until infection rates drop significantly, adding that the practice “isn’t some huge disastrous thing.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor, said that it’s possible Americans will need to continue wearing masks through 2022, during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. 

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