At my work they allow us to remove our mask only in the area each worker works in, which has wooden barriers similar to a cubicle in an office. And obviously to get a drink of water at the water fountain. We are told to maintain social distance as well. We are told that this mandatory and anyone who doesnt adhere to the directive will ve sent home from work.Fauci responds: Dr. Fauci responds to 'mischievous' criticism after he was photographed with mask off at Nationals game
His response seems reasonable to me. Diane, our gym staff and I wear masks at work, but when we eat or drink, they come off. We advertise that our staff is masked. If someone wanted to get a photo of us not wearing masks, compose the photo to suggest we are not eating or drinking, and then charge us with hypocrcicy, that is certainly possible, but it would be a bad-faith act and the charge would be groundless. Yes, we're wearing masks and making a good-faith effort to protect others from the virus by doing so. No, we do not achieve a state of pure mask perfection every second of every day. It is possible to snap a photo of us that is indeed a photo of a particular instant, but does not communicate the truth.
Such a photo would be akin to a video of a driver getting into his/her truck and driving away without doing a PTI, and then suggesting he/she is an unsafe driver. Or a video of a trucker drifting across the center line one time and suggesting the same. Yes, it happened, but there is more to the story that tells the real truth.
That said, it was careless of Fauci to allow himself to be photographed as he was. He should have known a million eyes are on him even when no camera obviously is.
Somewhat related is the Sandmann story in which the kid is hitting the litigation jackpot in his suits against multiple news organizations and others. That's a case where a video was taken out of context, lies were told based on it, and now the media must pay.
Fauci, in the photo, was sitting about 6 inches or so from two others without his mask on. If he was dehydrated and needed to drink something, he could have easily moved to an empty seat a few feet way to do this. It's still good practice to maintain at least 6 feet even with the mask, which he also didn't do. He also said that he had tested negative THE DAY BEFORE. So everything must be cool I guess.