Dr. Anthony Fauci said on NBC's "Today" on Wednesday that children should continue wearing masks while they are outside playing.
The White House chief medical adviser said that it would not be safe for kids to take their masks off until they are vaccinated, and at this time, they are not the priority.
"When children are out in the community, when you have 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 new infections per day, they are unvaccinated now because children can't get vaccinated now," Fauci said. "And for that reason, they are more at risk of getting infected because they are out in the community where there is a lot of infection. When the community level starts to go way down, the risks to everybody, including the children, is going to be dramatically diminished."
Host Savannah Guthrie suggested it does not make sense that adults are permitted to take their masks off when outdoors while children can not. Fauci responded by attempting to explain the various designations on the recently released CDC guidance chart.
Guthrie followed up to clarify that children can not remove masks outdoors while adults could.
"Yes, yes," Fauci confirmed.