Dr. Anthony Fauci said that if there was one big thing to regret its that the lockdowns and mask mandates at the onset of the COVID crisis weren’t nearly strict enough for people who appeared to be healthy, a bad omen with pandemic paranoia again being ratcheted up over the latest variant.
The longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has been dug in at the agency since Ronald Reagan’s first term made his remarks during an interview on The Hill’s “Rising” show, saying that there should have been “much more stringent restrictions” imposed on asymptomatic people in 2020 as well as throwing his clout behind forcing children to wear masks in classrooms again in the upcoming school year.
“We know now, two and a half years later, that anywhere from 50 to 60 percent of the transmission occur from someone without symptoms, either someone who never will get symptoms or someone who is in the pre-symptomatic stage,” he said.
“Had we known that then, the insidious nature of spread in the community would have been much more of an alarm and there would have been much, much more stringent restrictions in the sense of very, very heavy, encouraging people to wear masks, physical distancing or what have you,” Fauci added.
President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser also expressed his enthusiasm for masks despite conflicting statements about the stifling face diapers in the past.
“I think the masking situation is one that is really critical that would have been done differently. First of all, we did not fully appreciate that a well-fitted K95 or NK95 mask is much, much better than a cloth mask and to wear a good mask, the data now are very clear that masks are very good at preventing both the acquisition of and transmission of infection,” he said.
Fauci also got ahead of the imminent mandatory mask mandates that will soon be reimplemented in Democrat-controlled areas as the media and administration officials ratchet up the hysteria over the BA.5 subvariant and Monkeypox, the scary disease that was just declared as a global health emergency by World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“If you are in a zone or a county, a state or a city that has a very high level of dynamic viral circulation, the CDC would recommend, strongly, that you wear a mask in a congregant indoor setting, and that would include schools, places of work, anything that brings people together in a closed environment. That is good public health practice,” he said.
Reaction to the elfin career bureaucrat’s remarks brought a strong response on Twitter.
Dr. Fauci says kids should be wearing masks in schools. And everyone else indoors should be too. This is never going to end until pure election destruction for Democrats arrives. pic.twitter.com/7OIh7xLGdn
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 25, 2022
Fauci thinks lockdowns should have been "much, much more stringent."
He is a psychopath.
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) July 26, 2022
Hey Fauci, if we could do it again, a hell of a lot more people wouldn’t listen to your bullshit https://t.co/tjAZfyqbaM
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) July 25, 2022
It’s remarkable that Japan is seeing record high case rates, significantly higher than the United States, despite near 100% mask compliance, and Fauci is back doing interviews saying everyone should wear masks
No matter how often reality contradicts him, he’ll just never stop
— Ian Miller (@ianmSC) July 26, 2022
If only we had had Shanghai style drones on our streets reminding people to control their 'desire for freedom' while people run out of food, locked into their apartments. Then the laptop class could have had zero covid. At least we should have died trying. /s https://t.co/JmAoOSHgWY
— Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) July 25, 2022
Today Fauci said that we should wear masks in all indoor settings, including schools. He is calling for a 4th school year to be disrupted by covid policies. Children are the least at risk and are still being threatened with restrictions. Haven’t they sacrificed enough?
— alex gutentag (@galexybrane) July 25, 2022
Much, much more stringent restrictions should have been placed on Fauci from the beginning. He should be in jail.
— Christine Kenyon (@CTKen2021) July 26, 2022
Hang on.. 2.0 is coming! By Labor Day!
— cagney (@Thang_1_) July 25, 2022
There are ominous signs that another round of lockdowns, mask mandates and other restrictive measures are coming soon. Los Angeles County is mulling another indoor mask mandate which could be the first domino to fall, leading to similar actions by Democrat governors and mayors and possibly even the White House which desperately needs a game-changer in order to shift the conversation away from inflation and a recession prior to the upcoming midterm elections.
Some Republican lawmakers have vowed to probe Fauci if they take back control of Congress this fall.
“One way or another, if we are in the majority, we will subpoena his records and he will testify in the Senate under oath,” said Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky who has clashed with Fauci during congressional testimony.
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