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Dr. Fauci: ‘Maybe we should be mandating’ masks nationwide

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that it might be time for a nationwide mandate ordering Americans to wear masks in public, in an apparent reversal after he has repeatedly voiced opposition to such a move by the federal government.

What are the details?

Fauci joined CNN’s Erin Burnett for an interview, where she played a clip from earlier in the day of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden explaining how he would “make mask-wearing mandatory” across the U.S.

“First, I’ll go to every governor and urge them to mandate mask-wearing in their states, and if they refuse, I’ll go to the mayors and county executives and get local masking requirements in place nationwide,” Biden said.

Burnett noted that Biden also wants masks to be worn in all federal buildings and during interstate travel, before asking Fauci if he thinks “this is a good idea.”

“Well, you know, one of the issues that people that talk about mandating not being a good idea because then they’ll say they have to enforce it, and there’s going to be a difficulty enforcing it,” Fauci replied. “But, if everyone agrees that this is something that’s important, and they mandate it and everybody pulls together and say, ‘Ya know, we’re gonna mandate it, but let’s just do it,’ I think that would be a great idea to have everybody do it uniformly.”

He reiterated, “One of the issues, though, I get the argument saying ‘Well, if you mandate a mask, then you’re going to have to enforce it and that’ll create more of a problem.’ Well, if people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it.”

You can view the entire interview below. The portion on mask mandates begins at the 3:50 mark:


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CNN pointed out that “Fauci has been reluctant to support a federal mask mandate” and cited several instances to back up its reporting.

In July, Fauci told Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), “I don’t like to be authoritarian from the federal government, but at the local level, if governors and others essentially mandate the use of masks when you have an outbreak, I think that would be very important.”

Just last month, Fauci said during a news conference that “a national mandate probably would not work.”

Anything else?

Biden earlier this year promised to impose a federal mask mandate if he wins the White House, but then backtracked, admitting that such a move would likely be unconstitutional and impossible to enforce, regardless. He has since clarified that he would pressure each state to issue such dictates.

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Dennis Quaid fires back at critics who attacked him for participating in COVID PSA, slams ‘cancel culture media’

Actor Dennis Quaid is firing back at critics angry that he agreed to participate in a coronavirus-related public service campaign created by the White House.

What is the background?

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reported last week that Quaid and other celebrities would participate in a White House ad blitz ahead of Election Day touting government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Politico, the ad campaign will cost at least $300 million.

The ad blitz, described in some budget documents as the “Covid-19 immediate surge public advertising and awareness campaign,” is expected to lean heavily on video interviews between administration officials and celebrities, who will discuss aspects of the coronavirus outbreak and address the Trump administration’s response to the crisis, according to six individuals with knowledge of the campaign who described its workings to POLITICO.

Senior administration officials have already recorded interviews with celebrities like actor Dennis Quaid and singer CeCe Winans, and the Health and Human Services Department also has pursued television host Dr. Mehmet Oz and musician Garth Brooks for roles in the campaign.

House Democrats are investigating the ad campaign, alleging the government is using taxpayer funds to boost Trump ahead of the election.

What did Quaid say?

Quaid responded to criticism on Sunday in an Instagram video titled, “NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPOLITICIZED.”

In the video, Quaid hit back at what he called “cancel culture media,” saying he was feeling “outrage” and “disappointment” over his involvement with the project, which amounted to an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“It is being used by the cancel culture media that I was doing a campaign ad and endorsement of Donald Trump and that I was paid handsomely for this by diverted CDC funds. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Quaid said.

In fact, Quaid explained that his involvement with the project focused on simply raising awareness about COVID-19 and how to stay protected from the virus. Plus, he wasn’t even paid for the work.

“The interview and the PSA were about raising awareness of COVID-19 and what we can still do to prevent lives being lost by this terrible, terrible virus,” Quaid said. “It was about the importance of wearing a mask, about social distancing, and it was in no way political.”

“In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci and I both talked about it before that it was not to be political — this virus is not political. I was not paid one penny for doing this interview, and neither was Dr. Anthony Fauci,” the actor continued.

Quaid went on to say that he was “disappointed” with the news stories surrounding his involvement, saying journalists who started rumors about him “obviously” did not sufficiently research Quaid’s involvement with the project before reporting on it.

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Commentary: Bob Woodward’s revelation about the president’s COVID response is a threat to Anthony Fauci — not to Trump

Finally, the trial of Lord Anthony Fauci is at hand.

Granted, it comes in the form of Orange Man Bad from a press corps, which feels it did its solemn duty for months by sitting on a story so terribly important to the American public that no one really needed to know about it until the political timing was juuuuust right. But you know the drill by now. Journalism is magical and not at all broken.

The story I refer to is, of course, President Donald Trump’s supposed cover-up back in early 2020 about the true nature and severity of the coronavirus cloud on our horizon. The math goes something like this. Trump knew it was bad but told the public everything would be OK. Then he simply watched as millions died because of his willful deceit against both science and compassion.

Well, math is hard for some. Because that doesn’t check out at all.

Trump shut down travel from China (good), then locked down the economy he had previously reinvigorated to the tune of historically catastrophic unemployment levels (bad). While deaths per capita across the country largely fell into a grouping of worldwide and flu-on-steroids norms, which occurred almost no matter what interventions were taken (perhaps you’ve heard of Sweden?). And that’s if you can believe the data about what actually counts as a coronavirus death, which you can’t.

Yes, I know. Reality wasn’t so great, either. This hasn’t been Trump’s finest hour by a long shot. Here’s the kicker, though: Fauci was at Trump’s side for it all.

You can think anything you want about the efficacy or sound-mindedness of how things played out above, but what you can’t do is pretend that Fauci didn’t have a hand in it. Just as you can do the same with Trump and the BLM riots, but you can’t pretend those riots aren’t happening in cities dominated for decades by Democrats who have made it clear they have their own designs for America.

That’s the same Fauci the Left has canonized this year with a cult-like devotion. He was infallible. We had to trust him, no matter how many times he was wrong about everything all the time. He was going to save us from Trump killing us all. Of course, the reality is the exact opposite — as it usually is when compared to progressive vision quest. The reality is the dumbest thing Trump has done his entire presidency is entrust it to Fauci the fraud. His heinous lockdowns did untold damage to this country it will take years and years to dig out from.

Perhaps realizing that if Trump goes down for this, he does as well, Fauci leaped to Trump’s defense against this silliness. And on Fox News, no less. See, where did Trump get the notion that COVID-19 would just be a bad flu back in March? Why, from Fauci himself, who wrote those very words in the illustrious New England Journal of Medicine back on Feb. 28.

See, when it comes to having red in the ledger, Trump’s been more accomplice than point man on multiple fronts. His grave sin was submitting to the expertise of Fauci, who has proven to be an expert at nothing this year other than building his own brand.

Fauci’s designs for America over the course of 2020’s virus-palooza have run the gamut from “nothing to see here” to “maybe you better put your goggles on.” From “rub some dirt on it” to “death comes to us all.” And it doesn’t really matter if he had held these varied positions because he was legitimately following what he believed to be true, is utterly incompetent or is a debased liar.

Believe “the experts” we were and still to this very day are told with Karen-filled scorn. And Trump, much to my chagrin, repeatedly did. That’s where you can place his guilt if there is any to be found. A Vader to Fauci’s Palpatine. Their scalps are in this together.

Fauci understands all of this better than anyone, which is why he is already running cover for Trump against the very media sycophants who have coveted his healing touch for so long. In fact, no one needs for Bob Woodward’s new book about Trump’s supposed leadership heresies to be taken less seriously than him. Whereas Trump is almost immune to these varied coup attempts after four years of trying on multiple fronts, this if Fauci’s entire ballgame.

So scream that the emperor has no clothes all you want, but no one’s bare ass is more exposed right now than “In Fauci we trust.”

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Temperature checks upon entry to businesses or schools are ineffective for detecting COVID, Fauci says

Checking people’s temperatures upon entry to businesses and schools is essentially pointless as a standalone measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19, and the practice can just as well be avoided to save time, Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a Facebook Live broadcast Thursday.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the temperature checks aren’t reliable, and it’s more effective to question people about symptoms than it is to take their temperature with an infrared thermometer, which is an increasingly popular practice as places reopen.

“We have found at NIH that it is much, much better to just question people when they come in and save the time, because temperatures are notoriously inaccurate many times,” Fauci said.

Schools, common business such as grocery stores, large corporations including Amazon, and Disney’s Florida theme parks all utilize temperature screenings in an attempt to prevent people with COVID-19 from entering.

Despite the popularity of the temperature checks as a safety measure, their ineffectiveness in detecting COVID-19 should be rather obvious. One of the most well-known and complicating aspects of COVID-19 is the likely number of people who have, or have had, the coronavirus with few or no symptoms, let alone a fever.

That’s not to mention the inaccuracy of infrared temperature readings, particularly when used on people in the summer time after they’ve been out in the heat. Fauci himself said he’s registered at 103 on a temperature check just from being outside.

So, while there’s some chance that a temperature check could catch someone who is attempting to go somewhere with a fever, the checks are not likely to catch a significant portion of COVID-19 cases.

“All in all, temperature screenings may catch some cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But it could miss many others,” Bruce Y. Lee, a public health expert, wrote for Forbes last month. “Thus, be skeptical whenever anyone tries to assure you that things are safe just because they are doing temperature and symptom screening.”

Much of the opposition to reopening schools for in-person classes is due to fear of asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 among students and teachers, or the risk that students may unknowingly contract the virus at school and bring it home to vulnerable family members.

Statistics have proven that children without underlying health problems are unlikely to have serious illness if they get COVID-19, but the potential for asymptomatic spread creates an uncertainty that some parents and school officials are unwilling to risk.

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We should open up the schools — and the voting booths — says … Dr. Fauci

President Donald Trump’s push for reopening America’s schools this fall and for in-person voting in November got an unexpected boost Friday when the Washington Post revealed that Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, offered support for the moves.

What did he say about schools?

In an interview with the Post’s “Power Up,” Fauci, the media’s favorite COVID expert whose opinions they often juxtapose with Trump’s, said the “default principle” should be to do whatever possible to get students — elementary, middle, high school, and even some colleges — back in school.

“The default principle should be to try as best you can to get the children back to school,” Fauci said, the Post reported. “The big, however, and qualifier in there is that you have to have a degree of flexibility. The flexibility means if you look at the map of our country, we are not unidimensional with regard to the level of infection.”

He added, of course, that the health and safety of the kids should be paramount.

“The bottom line is everybody should try within the context of the level of infection that you have to get the kids back to school,” he told the paper, “but the primary consideration … should be the safety, health and the welfare of the children, as well as the teachers and the potential secondary effects on parents and family members.”

However, the coronavirus isn’t the only health concern for kids, Fauci pointed out. He also noted the importance of protecting children’s overall health:

Fauci explained the need to protect the psychological and physical well being of children — especially those “who rely heavily on school for proper nutrition” — and to prevent a ‘negative downstream ripple effect’ of parents being overburdened if schools remain shuttered.

So, what does Fauci recommend? From the Post:

? States with minimal virus: “So if you’re in one of those areas, generally referred to as the green states … with some overlap with others and generally, you can get back to school with the kinds of precautions that you do in general society,” he said.
? States with “smoldering infections”: “You might want to tighten that up a bit and do things like, you know, the hybrid models where you have part online, part in person,” he said.
? States with high infections: In consultation with local authorities, and the Centers for Disease Control, “they may want to pause before they start sending the kids back to school for a variety of reasons.”

What did Fauci say about voting?

President Trump has been insisting that states conduct in-person voting come Nov. 3 and has repeatedly criticized calls for states to offer mail-in balloting.

Though Fauci was careful not to criticize voting by mail, knowing whatever he said would be used as a soundbite, he did appear to back opening up voting booths for in-person voting, noting that it can be done with practices that would make it as safe as shopping for groceries.

“It’s a sport now in Washington to pit me against the president, and I don’t really want to do that,” he told the Post. “But someone will take a quote and bingo, it’ll be me against the president and I don’t want to do that.”

“I don’t see any reason why, if people maintain that type of physical distancing, wearing a mask and washing hands — why you cannot, at least where I vote, go to a place and vote.” Fauci said.

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Dr. Fauci issues dire warning on ‘lurking’ viruses, says COVID-19 is ‘worst-case scenario,’ ‘worst nightmare.’ A professor of virology weighs in without the alarmism.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says there are more viruses around the corner and that the country is absolutely not finished with COVID-19.

What did Fauci say?

According to a Friday Newsweek report, Fauci spoke with Dan Diamond on Politico’s Pulse Check podcast, where he said that the COVID-19 pandemic is easily his “worst nightmare” as well as the “worst-case scenario” for the United States.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also told Diamond that there are even more frightening viruses than COVID-19 that are “lurking” around the corner.

“You have to assume that there are more viruses that are still lurking because we know historically we’ve had outbreaks long before I’ve been around, even before recorded history,” he said. “We know that there have been outbreaks recently, we’re in the middle of an outbreak now. And there’s no doubt that we’re going to have outbreaks in the future.”

The 79-year-old doctor also said that the COVID-19 infection is the “worst-case scenario or my worst nightmare” and that the notion of a growing number of viruses jumping from animals to humans is a terrible notion to behold.

What else?

Dr. Ian Jones, a professor of virology from the United Kingdom’s University of Reading in Berkshire, England, said that Fauci is merely “stating the obvious.”

“Virus outbreaks from animals to man occur all the time depending on proximity and abundance, in avian flu for example, but only rarely do they efficiently transmit one person to another,” Jones explained, according to Newsweek.

He pointed out that it’s only natural for a pandemic to take place when humans are able to transmit such viruses to their fellow humans.

“These are of varying severity; the flu pandemic of 2009 was relativity mild whereas the current COVID pandemic is severe,” Jones added.

‘Worst nightmare’ over and over

Fauci has often repeated his claims that COVID-19 is his “worst nightmare.”

Twice in July, Fauci said coronavirus was his “worst nightmare.”

On one occasion, Fauci said the virus was public health’s “worst nightmare” due to the abundant way the virus spreads among humans, as well as its newness.

“What [kept] me up at night is the emergence, usually jumping from an animal reservoir to a human, of a brand-new virus that no one has ever seen before,” Fauci explained. “Bingo. The worst nightmare comes true.”

A second occasion saw Fauci call the disease health experts’ “worst nightmare” due to it being the “perfect storm” because there was no end in sight to the deadly pandemic.

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‘Wrong!’: President Trump clashes with Dr. Fauci over surge of COVID-19 cases

President Donald Trump fiercely rejected Dr. Anthony Fauci’s viewpoint on why the U.S. has experienced a new surge of COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Fauci testified before the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Friday. Fauci, a top member of the White House coronavirus task force, gave his explanation as to why new cases of coronavirus in European countries are decreasing while surging in the United States.

“If you look at what happened in Europe when they shut down or locked down or went into shelter-in-place. … They really did it to the tune of about 95-plus percent of the country did that,” Fauci said. “When you actually look at what we did, even though we shut down, even though we created a great deal of difficulty, we really functionally shut down only about 50 percent in the sense of the totality of the country.”

Trump staunchly responded to a CBS News video of Fauci’s comments by saying, “Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!”

The U.S. has tested approximately 60 million people for coronavirus. The European country with the most COVID-19 testing is the U.K., with over 16 million. Germany has tested 8 million, total testing for Italy and Spain is nearly 7 million, and France is at 3 million.

The U.S. has the fourth-most COVID-19 tests per one million population among countries most severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, trailing Qatar, Russia, and the U.K., which has the highest testing rate in the world.

The U.S. has 4.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, the most in the world. The U.S. also has the most novel coronavirus deaths, nearly 158,000.

Trump isn’t the only one to clash with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases over his recent testimony. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) grilled Fauci during Friday’s hearing about the impact that nationwide protests have had on the spread of coronavirus. Trump retweeted the video of the tense exchange between Jordan and Fauci.

“Great job by Jim Jordan, and also some very good statements by Tony Fauci,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Big progress being made!”

Last month, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) berated Fauci over what he called the politicization of the COVID-19 response, especially the reopening of schools.

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Dr. Fauci suggests people wear goggles or eye shields ‘if you really want to be complete’ against COVID-19

Just as much of the country is getting used to wearing face masks in public in an attempt to slow the transmission of COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested an even higher level of protection: goggles.

During in interview on ABC News with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Fauci said that while it’s not a widely-recommended practice, the safest thing for people to do is also to cover their eyes.

“If you really want perfect protection of your mucosal surfaces…you have mucosa in the mouth, mucosa in the nose, but you also have mucosa in the eye,” Fauci said. “And that’s one of the things, theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it.

“It’s not universally recommended, but if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can,” Fauci said.

The recommendation to wear eye protection is the latest step in a dramatic evolution by Fauci on this issue, which started months ago when he assured the American public that there was no reason to walk around wearing a face mask.

Now, states led by both Republicans and Democrats have mandated mask use in public, as have numerous localities and businesses. Even President Donald Trump has worn a mask publicly, calling it “patriotic” to do so.

Still, the science on whether masks, particularly cloth masks, slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 is conflicting, at best, and as a result mask usage is still a divisive issue. Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp went so far as to ban cities and counties from mandating masks, and sued the mayor of Atlanta when she refused to back off the city’s mask mandate.

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. He has been opposed to wearing masks, but has worn them occasionally recently. He said he suspected it was actually the use of the mask, rather than all the times he wasn’t wearing one, that caused him to get infected.

“I can’t help but wonder if by keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, I might have put some germs — some virus — onto the mask and breathed it in,” Gohmert told KETK-TV.

A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released Monday found that 79% of people would support a national mask mandate, and 70% of people support local enforcement of mask mandates with fines.

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CNN made a stance against airing the president’s COVID briefings, but their hero Dr. Fauci is a fan of Trump’s new updates

President Donald Trump re-launched the White House COVID briefings this week — briefings that CNN opted to show in bits after famously deciding this spring to cut away from the president’s COVID updates, calling them “propaganda” at one time.

For many weeks, Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, and other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force would give nearly daily briefings on current research, policies, and recommendations on the pandemic. Sometimes even President Trump would make an appearance.

Then the briefings went away.

Trump restarted them this week, holding a few COVID pressers between Monday and Friday. The president struck what many considered a new tone — backing off his previous demand that all schools reopen this fall regardless of the prevalence of the virus in the local communities, urging all people to wear masks and touting masks’ effectiveness, and warning that things were going to get worse before they get better.

The president’s new style of briefings — just him, with no real supporting cast, and lots of sticking to the pro-mask position and softening on school openings — upset many conservatives.

But the president’s new briefings have at least one well-known fan, a man beloved by CNN and other liberal outlets that don’t care for the White House COVID updates: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Fauci appeared on “Washington Post Live” with political reporter Robert Costa on Friday to discuss all things COVID when the discussion turned to Trump’s new COVID briefings.

Costa asked Fauci if the president’s briefings this week have been helpful or unhelpful.

Fauci noted that he was “pleased” with Trump’s new pressers.

“I think that what is good about this, Bob, that I’m pleased with is that the president has gone out there and is saying things now that I think important, having to do with wearing masks, staying away from crowded places,” Fauci said. “So I think that they have been helpful now.”

He also praised the format of the briefings, noting, “They’ve been short and crisp, which I think is good when you’re trying to get a message across.”

Fauci said that he has had good calls with the president and it’s not necessary for him to be part of Trump’s new briefings — not because of differences with the president but because it would take away from the updates.

“I’m not so sure [joining the president at the briefings] is necessary, because what happens when you do that people ask questions that have a little bit to do with health and it gets mixed up,” he said. “Whenever you’re at a briefing with the president, people start throwing questions in there that have nothing to do with the issue at hand. So I tend to like to see press briefings that are crisp and to the point.”

The doctor said he wants the briefings to continue and believes they are “important,” so, will CNN follow their leader and start airing the COVID briefings?

(Relavant portion begins at the 23-minute mark.)

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CNN made a stance against airing the president’s COVID briefings, but their hero Dr. Fauci is a fan of Trump’s new updates

President Donald Trump re-launched the White House COVID briefings this week — briefings that CNN opted to show in bits after famously deciding this spring to cut away from the president’s COVID updates, calling them “propaganda” at one time.

For many weeks, Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, and other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force would give nearly daily briefings on current research, policies, and recommendations on the pandemic. Sometimes even President Trump would make an appearance.

Then the briefings went away.

Trump restarted them this week, holding a few COVID pressers between Monday and Friday. The president struck what many considered a new tone — backing off his previous demand that all schools reopen this fall regardless of the prevalence of the virus in the local communities, urging all people to wear masks and touting masks’ effectiveness, and warning that things were going to get worse before they get better.

The president’s new style of briefings — just him, with no real supporting cast, and lots of sticking to the pro-mask position and softening on school openings — upset many conservatives.

But the president’s new briefings have at least one well-known fan, a man beloved by CNN and other liberal outlets that don’t care for the White House COVID updates: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Fauci appeared on “Washington Post Live” with political reporter Robert Costa on Friday to discuss all things COVID when the discussion turned to Trump’s new COVID briefings.

Costa asked Fauci if the president’s briefings this week have been helpful or unhelpful.

Fauci noted that he was “pleased” with Trump’s new pressers.

“I think that what is good about this, Bob, that I’m pleased with is that the president has gone out there and is saying things now that I think important, having to do with wearing masks, staying away from crowded places,” Fauci said. “So I think that they have been helpful now.”

He also praised the format of the briefings, noting, “They’ve been short and crisp, which I think is good when you’re trying to get a message across.”

Fauci said that he has had good calls with the president and it’s not necessary for him to be part of Trump’s new briefings — not because of differences with the president but because it would take away from the updates.

“I’m not so sure [joining the president at the briefings] is necessary, because what happens when you do that people ask questions that have a little bit to do with health and it gets mixed up,” he said. “Whenever you’re at a briefing with the president, people start throwing questions in there that have nothing to do with the issue at hand. So I tend to like to see press briefings that are crisp and to the point.”

The doctor said he wants the briefings to continue and believes they are “important,” so, will CNN follow their leader and start airing the COVID briefings?

(Relavant portion begins at the 23-minute mark.)

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Dr. Fauci ditches mask at MLB game while not social distancing, as mask mandates spread across US

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the most influential voices guiding the U.S. response to COVID-19, was seen sitting and talking very close to other people while not wearing a face mask at a Major League Baseball game Thursday evening in Washington, D.C.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees. That pitch, not unlike some of the advice that has come from government experts regarding the coronavirus, was just a bit off the mark.


Dr. Anthony Fauci throws 1st pitch before Yankees-Nationals Opening Day 2020

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Baseball skills aside, Fauci stuck around to watch the game, as one of the few people in the stands since fans are not allowed to attend due to COVID-19.

While enjoying the game, Fauci was seen sitting between two people, in seats right next to each other, talking to them without his mask covering his face. The other two people had masks on.

The guidance (or mandate, depending on where you live) being given by the government on face masks is that they should be worn in public and in any situation in which social distancing is not possible. This is, of course, the most recent version of mask guidance, which follows Fauci’s previous assertion that “people should not be walking around in masks” and Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ insistence that masks aren’t effective in stopping the virus among the general public.

Last week, Fauci emphasized that masks should be worn by everyone, even outside.

This isn’t the first time Fauci has seemed to disregard the strict rules on masks in public.


Anthony Fauci Removes Mask When The Cameras Are Off

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Some places are requiring everyone above the age of 2 years old to wear a mask in public, and many students will likely be required to wear masks when they are eventually allowed to return to school, despite the fact that daycares have been open across the nation throughout the entire U.S. epidemic, with no apparent issues or serious outbreaks.

When asked how effective masks are in preventing transmission of COVID-19, Fauci told MarketWatch “Your guess is as good as any — 50% to 75% or 80% is probably correct.”

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President Trump calls Dr. Fauci a ‘bit of an alarmist’ who ‘made mistakes,’ but says they have ‘good relationship’

President Donald Trump said Anthony Fauci is a “little bit of an alarmist” in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” President Trump added that he also has a “very good relationship” with Fauci, one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

In a lengthy interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace recorded on Friday and released on Sunday, Trump gave his opinions on Fauci and the job he has done responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dr. Fauci’s made some mistakes,” Trump said of the nation’s top infectious-disease expert. “But I have a very good — I spoke to him yesterday at length. I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.”

Previously, Trump hadn’t spoken to Fauci since early June.

“Dr. Fauci at the beginning said, ‘This will pass. Don’t worry about it. This will pass.’ He was wrong,” Trump told Wallace. “Dr. Fauci said, ‘Don’t ban China. Don’t ban China.’ I did. He then admitted that I was right.”

Trump added that one of Fauci’s mistakes was his original stance that wearing of masks wasn’t necessary. In the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Fauci informed the public that they shouldn’t purchase face masks.

In mid-June, Fauci explained why he told Americans they didn’t need face masks in an interview with TheStreet.

“Well, the reason for that is that we were concerned the public health community, and many people were saying this, were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply,” Fauci said last month. “And we wanted to make sure that the people namely, the health care workers, who were brave enough to put themselves in a harm way, to take care of people who you know were infected with the coronavirus and the danger of them getting infected.”

Last week, Fauci urged governors and mayors “to be as forceful as possible in getting your citizenry to wear masks.”

Trump said the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is “a little bit of an alarmist — that’s OK.”

Wallace asked President Trump if he takes responsibility for his role in the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Look I take responsibility always for everything because it’s ultimately my job too, I have to get everybody in line,” Trump responded. “Some governors have done well, some governors have done poorly. They’re supposed to have supplies they didn’t have, I supplied everybody.”

Last week, a White House memo leaked that attempted to discredit Fauci, and the coronavirus task force member was referred to as “Dr. Gloom and Doom.”

Fauci gave an interview to The Atlantic, where he said that attacks by members of Trump’s administration to discredit him are “bizarre.”

“I think if you sit down and talk to the people who are involved in that list that came out, they are really, I think, taken aback by what a big mistake that was,” Fauci said. “I think if you talk to reasonable people in the White House, they realize that was a major mistake on their part, because it doesn’t do anything but reflect poorly on them. And I don’t think that that was their intention. I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that. I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them.”

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Dr. Fauci says ‘You can trust me’ after White House adviser slams him as ‘wrong about everything

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the top medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force, assured the public that he could be trusted, even after a White House adviser ripped his record in a USA Today opinion piece.

Fauci told NBC News that the public should continue to trust medical experts to avoid becoming confused by seemingly mixed messages on how to respond to COVID-19.

“It’s difficult to give you a definitive answer except that, for the most part—I believe, for the most part—you can trust respected medical authorities,” Fauci said. “I believe I’m one of them, so I think you can trust me. But I would stick with respected medical authorities who have a track record of telling the truth, who have a track record of giving information and recommendations and policies based on scientific evidence and good data. So if I were to give advice to you and your family and your friends of your family, I would say that’s the safest bet to do, to listen to recommendations from that category of people. But it’s entirely understandable how the public could get mixed messages and then get a bit confused about what they should do.”

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote for USA Today that Fauci “has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”

Among Navarro’s examples are claims that Fauci opposed President Donald Trump’s decision to limit flights from China, his inconsistent advice on the use of face mask, his insistence as late as February that the virus was low-risk, and Fauci’s hesitation to advocate for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.

“So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution,” Navarro concluded.

The White House said Navarro was speaking for himself only in the op-ed, and that his piece was not approved by the White House.

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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro pens scathing op-ed blasting colleague Dr. Fauci

Peter Navarro, White House director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, publicly declared his distrust of fellow Trump administration official Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday, penning a column condemning the infectious disease expert over his guidance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

In a piece published by USA Today, Navarro said of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director: “Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”

Navarro slammed Fauci for fighting against President Donald Trump’s ban on flights from China back in January, for “telling the media not to worry” about the pandemic the same month, for “flip-flopping” on the use of masks by the public, and for insisting “that there was only anecdotal evidence in support of hydroxychloroquine to fight the virus” despite studies indicating otherwise.

The op-ed was posted as an opposing view to the USA Today’s editorial board piece arguing that “Donald Trump muzzling Dr. Anthony Fauci amid COVID-19 would be hazardous.”

The trade adviser’s op-ed blasting Fauci comes the day after U.S. secretary for health Adm. Brett Giroir, M.D., said during an interview on NBC News, “I respect Dr. Fauci a lot, but Dr. Fauci is not 100 percent right, and he also doesn’t necessarily — and he admits that — have the whole national interest in mind.”

Giroir added, “He looks at it from a very narrow public health point of view. But let me say, there is absolutely open discourse” in the administration.

Critics on social media pointed to Navarro’s op-ed as a sign of discord in the Trump administration.

What else?

CNBC reporter Christina Wilkie shared a link to the piece on Twitter, writing, “Wow. Navarro just ran his oppo dump against Dr. Fauci as an op-ed. In 10 yrs covering politics, I’ve never seen a senior WH official publish a broadside like this against a colleague.”

She added, “Where’s [White House chief of staff Mark] Meadows? This is what WH Chiefs of Staff are hired to prevent.”

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SHOCKER: CDC admits COVID-19 ‘positive result’ just means you’ve previously contracted the “common cold” – Donald Trump is in bed with Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates! They will track and eventually vaccinate you! You are sheep if you allow it!

Trump, like Obama, the Bushs and the Clintons, is a here today, gone tomorrow Illuminati puppet, as I’ve told you before his election. H/t reader Squodgy: “Achoo!!! Yay!!! Now I’m CV19 immune. Who are the CDC again? Do I recall them being totally corrupt & incompetent? So why bring this up?” *** Full article HERE: … Read more

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Robert Kennedy Jr.: “Pharmaceutical Drugs Are Now The 3rd Leading Cause of DEATH” In US

In an interview with Lior Gantz of the Wealth Research Group, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. discussed the major problems facing the United States today when it comes to health. This is a MUST WATCH interview before you line up for the COVID-19 vaccine or any other vaccine for that matter!

This is an interview you’ll want to watch, as Kennedy talks about vaccine safety and efficacy, as well as how Big Pharma has taken over the government to dictate health policy. Their only concern was that YouTube would censor it or ban them altogether, so an exclusive portion of it, deemed too controversial for YouTube, since it involves the elite cabal, can only be accessed HERE!

Now that Big Pharma is in control, “pharmaceutical drugs are now the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer”, says Kennedy.  That’s huge, but it’s all by design.  Those in power, simply don’t care about us, and nothing is about health, it’s about profit.

“Anderson Cooper is sponsored by Pfizer,” says Kennedy. “And Merck sponsors Lester Holt.” Some of the biggest propagandists have a vested interest in making sure the public gets vaccinated, whether it’s safe and effective or not. They also get paid to push pharmaceutical drugs on the population using propaganda.

Because of the rampant pushing of these drugs, “pharmaceutical drugs are now the third leading cause of death in our country after cancer and heart disease,” Kennedy says.  Those numbers dwarf the coronavirus deaths (which are heavily manipulated.) Medical journals have become propaganda for big pharma.

All of this has cost Americans dearly.  We are paying for the propaganda with our health. Parents are being pressured to vaccinate their children even though it’s common knowledge those vaccines are not safe nor are they effective enough to warrant the potential outcomes.  Once a kid gets sick from a vaccine, big pharma has a customer for life. It’s a truly disturbing cycle.

For one example of the hypocrisy, Kennedy says he asked some health officials “how can you be recommending women don’t eat fish during pregnancy, and yet you’re giveng them vaccines during pregnancy that contain hundreds of times the aluminum that fish contains.”

Kennedy also talks about how Dr. Anthony Fauci got so much power and has squashed scientific research while pushing other studies in order to move his agenda forward.  Fauci has billions of dollars of funding at this disposal and can force scientists to comply with his commands and even manipulate the outcome of studies.

WealthResearchGroup.com has a long history of confronting crucial topics head-on, most recent of which is their call for gold $2,184/ounce, as a response of the irresponsible money printing (counterfeiting operation), led by The Federal Reserve System.

Later in the interview, Kennedy discusses how vaccines are created with in-depth detail as to why they cannot be made safe for everyone and efficacy is always low. He also details how the CDC knows that vaccines have caused the autism epidemic, but we are being lied to in order to prop up big pharma.

If you have the time, this interview is eye-opening and could help give you some information you may not have been privy to before. Consider watching the whole thing. It’s truly mind-blowing how low some people will go to make sure we sacrifice our health and pay for it with our money they’ve already taxed.

Make sure you check out WealthResearchGroup.com’s MOST-RECENT bombshell report on Bill Gates’ involvement in the vaccine monopoly HERE!

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Dr. Fauci says White House may change COVID-19 testing strategy: ‘Something’s not working’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, top public health expert on the White House coronavirus response task force, said Thursday that the White House is considering a new testing strategy as evidence mounts that the current strategy isn’t as effective as it needs to be in slowing the spread of COVID-19, according to the Washington Post.

“Something’s not working,” Fauci said. “I mean, you can do all the diagramming you want, but something is not working.”

What’s the alternative? Right now, the strategy is to test as many people as possible on an individual basis so that people who are COVID-19 positive, even if they don’t have symptoms, can isolate themselves.

The possible new strategy is called “pool testing,” which would have a group of samples combined into one pool that is then tested. If that group of samples comes back negative, no further action is needed. If that group of samples comes back positive, then all the individuals in that pool would be tested individually.

The hope would be that this pool testing method would allow for a conservation of resources and for better identification of asymptomatic cases, which would then lead to quicker isolation of infected individuals.

“What you need to do is find the penetration of infected people in your society,” Fauci said, according to the Post. “And the only way you know that is by casting a broad net.”

Would it work? The effectiveness of the pool testing strategy would be dependent on a majority of Americans not having the virus. If too high a percentage of the population is infected, the strategy would not save any time or resources.

Scientific American describes it as a numbers game, giving the example of trying to identify positive individuals in a group of 100 people. Instead of doing 100 individual tests, you could divide them into five pools of 20, and test each group. If, for example, four of those groups test negative, and one group tests positive, then you only have to do 20 individual tests to figure out who is positive, saving a significant number of tests.

That’s where the prevalence issue comes in. If the virus is too prevalent, and all five groups came back positive, no resources are saved by the method.

(H/T: New York Post)

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Dr. Fauci says the protests are the ‘perfect set-up’ for spreading COVID-19

There have been dozens of health officials downplaying the coronavirus health risks of people gathering in massive numbers for George Floyd protests across the country. Some have even said, “White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19.”

Only a few weeks ago, nearly all health officials warned that the people protesting lockdown orders were putting everyone in grave danger. In April, there were even nurses staging protests against ant-shutdown protesters.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is one health official who is continuing to warn the public that the nation is still in the middle of a pandemic. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that the George Floyd protests are the “perfect set-up” for spreading COVID-19.

“Every time I hear about or see the congregation of large crowds at a time and geographic area where there is active infection transmission, it is a perfect set-up for the spread of the virus in the sense of creating these blips that might turn into some surges,” Fauci said during an interview with Washington D.C. radio station WTOP on Friday. “So I get very concerned as do my colleagues in public health, when they see these kinds of crowds.”

“Obviously, not only are they congregating physically close to each other but often when they start screaming and demonstrating—which part of the process of demonstrating, I’m not criticizing that—but I’m saying what it’s going to be leading to is the likelihood that you might have situations where you will foster the spread of the infection, and that’s really of concern,” Fauci said.

“There certainly is a risk, I would say that with confidence, when you see the congregation of crowds,” he continued. “Particularly in a situation where you have a lot of confusion and a little bit of chaos, people running back and forth, taking their masks off, being close in proximity, that does pose a risk.”

“It is a difficult situation,” Fauci said. “We have the right to peaceably demonstrate, and the demonstrators are exercising that right…it’s important to exercise your constitutional rights to be able to demonstrate.”

“It’s a delicate balance because the reasons for demonstrating are valid,” Fauci added. “And yet, the demonstration itself puts one at an additional risk. If you are going to go out, please make sure you wear a mask and you keep the mask on at all times.”

There were massive protest crowds in cities across the U.S., including Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. We’ll have to wait two weeks to see in these cities suffer from massive COVID-19 outbreaks.

Also this week, Fauci said that it’s time to start thinking about reopening schools, but it would mean modifications in some scenarios. “I think we need to discuss the pros and the cons of bringing kids back to school in September,” Fauci said.

“You may need to do some modifications,” Fauci told CNN. “You know, modifications could be breaking up the class, so you don’t have a crowded classroom, maybe half in the morning, half in the afternoon, having children doing alternate schedules. There’s a whole bunch of things that one can do.”

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Dr. Fauci: It’s time to start thinking about reopening schools, and saying we ‘shouldn’t open schools’ is ‘a bit of a reach’

Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is time to start thinking about reopening schools, but also noted that the hardest-hit communities will need to “be creative” by implementing “some modifications” to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks.

“I think we need to discuss the pros and the cons of bringing kids back to school in September,” Fauci told CNN.

“I hesitate to make any broad statements about whether it is or is not quote ‘safe’ for kids to come back to school,” Fauci said. “Children can get infected, so, yes, so you’ve got to be careful. You got to be careful for them and you got to be careful that they may not spread it. Now, to make an extrapolation that you shouldn’t open schools, I think is a bit of a reach.”

“When you talk about children going back to school and their safety, it really depends on the level of viral activity, and the particular area that you’re talking about,” he continued. “What happens all too often, understandably, but sometimes misleadingly, is that we talk about the country as a whole in a unidimensional way.”

Fauci warned that there is no one-size-fits-all policy for reopening schools across the country.

“In some situations, there will be no problem for children to go back to school,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said. “In others, you may need to do some modifications. You know, modifications could be breaking up the class, so you don’t have a crowded classroom, maybe half in the morning, half in the afternoon, having children doing alternate schedules. There’s a whole bunch of things that one can do.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published guidelines and precautions schools can make to ensure a safe reopening. The CDC recommends personal hygiene, hand-washing, staying home when sick, wearing face coverings, social distancing, spacing desks six feet apart, regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, proper ventilation, and limiting sizes of groups.

By mid-May, at least 124,000 U.S. public schools across 48 states were closed because of the coronavirus, affecting over 55 million public school students, according to Education Week. There were also hundreds of colleges that moved to online courses or canceled classes, affecting more than 14 million U.S. students.

More than 160 countries closed schools over COVID-19 concerns, forcing nearly 90% of the world’s student population out of class.

After research and studies discovered that the coronavirus didn’t affect children as severely as adults in most cases, some countries kept their schools open, including Singapore, Australia, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Researchers at the University College London published a paper in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health that doubted the effectiveness of shutting down schools to prevent the coronavirus deaths.

“The international research team reviewed 16 studies, which included nine peer-reviewed papers on the 2003 SARS outbreak, one not peer-reviewed preprint on previous coronavirus transmission and five not peer-reviewed pre-prints and one report on the COVID-19 pandemic,” the paper said. “Data collected from the SARS epidemic did not generally support a role for school closures; one modeling pre-print showed that school closure, as an isolated measure, was predicted to reduce total deaths by only around 2-4% during a COVID-19 outbreak in the U.K.”

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Dr. Fauci says meetings with President Trump have ‘dramatically decreased’ as masses of protesters forget social distancing

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading public health expert on the White House coronavirus task force, admitted that he and President Donald Trump aren’t meeting as often recently, even as thousands of people across the nation totally disregard the previously essential social distancing and lockdown rules that have defined the last few months.

Fauci said the task force and the president used to meet four times a week.

“But as you probably noticed, that the task force meetings have not occurred as often lately,” Fauci told STAT News. ” And certainly my meetings with the president have been dramatically decreased.”

Data shows that the U.S. is on the downside of the “curve” of new coronavirus cases and deaths, although there are still roughly between 600 and 1,000 reported COVID-19 deaths per day (including some which are presumed, not lab-confirmed). Many states, including New York, have begun reopening businesses and easing restrictions.

In the days following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, thousands of people in numerous major cities have taken to the streets in mass protests. Social distancing has become an afterthought, and police officers that were previously arresting citizens for social distancing violations now seem powerless to prevent businesses from being looted and destroyed.

Mainstream media coverage, previously hysterical in response to churches holding in-person services and salons and restaurants reopening, has now shifted to coverage of the nationwide riots and criticism of President Trump’s aggressive rhetoric aimed at ending the lawlessness. There is relatively little focus on what impact these protest gatherings might have on the spread of COVID-19.

Still, the work toward a vaccine continues, and there are “multiple candidates” that the government is involved with, said Fauci.

“I think the president and the administration would be really very happy if we had a vaccine that we could deploy by the end of the year,” Fauci said.

(H/T: The Hill)

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Commentary: It’s high time Fauci and the rest of the ‘experts’ were made to answer some questions

Now that all 50 states are in some phase of reopening, with some clearly more serious about it than others, the temptation will be to move on from the disastrous coronavirus lockdowns as soon as possible. To forget this calamity, and return to normalcy. To get back to making America great again.

And while I have been both one of the earliest and staunchest advocates of ending the lockdowns and returning America to the American people, there remains two lingering questions that must be answered in order to assure such a panic scam is never permitted to undermine our way of life ever again.

1. What happened to Anthony Fauci between Feb. 28 and March 11?

On Feb. 28, Dr. Fauci wrote the following about coronavirus in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine: “If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of COVID-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.”

If you’re wondering where the much-panned talking point “coronavirus is just a bad flu” originally came from, this is it. It didn’t come from Qanon or some MAGA Reddit forum. It first came from none other than Fauci, the pope of panic porn himself.

But then, just 11 days later while testifying before Congress, America’s so-called chief infectious disease expert told a House committee that coronavirus was “10 times more lethal than the flu” in testimony that plunged the country into lockdown.

What changed with Fauci in just those 11 days? What new piece of data did he acquire that so dramatically altered his public position on the virus? Could it have been the disgraced Imperial College doomsday model? Perhaps he got an early glimpse, but the model wasn’t published until four days later on March 15th. So how else can we possibly explain such a radical about-face from one of our most celebrated “experts”?

Ironically, thanks to the long overdue data from the CDC we’re finally getting, Fauci’s original measured analysis of coronavirus back on Feb. 28 is looking more and more accurate. We must learn what happened after that caused him to become the pied piper leading America into deep recession and destabilization of our healthcare system.

2. How come all the experts who opposed the lockdowns weren’t listened to?

When I first began taking a contrarian view on our coronavirus public policy, I anticipated this was merely a proxy for climate alarmism. And while that likely drove Imperial College’s doomsaying, the truth is there were plenty of other experts — who probably also believe there’s more than two genders and salvation via the Green New Deal — that thought the lockdown strategy was anywhere from dumb to unnecessary. I was surprised to learn that not even within the echo chamber of institutional academia was there agreement this was the right strategy.

Here’s just a sample:

  • Dr. John Ioannidis, Epidemiology and Public Health, Stanford
  • Dr. David Katz, Yale
  • Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director Center for Infectious Disease Research, University of Minnesota and served last five presidential administrations
  • Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford University, conducted the antibody test for MLB
  • Dr. Knut Wittkowski, former chief epidemiologist Rockefeller University Hospital
  • Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Oxford University Theoretical Epidemiology
  • Yoram Lass, Director Israeli Health Ministry
  • Johan Giesecke, Former Chief Scientist European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

This prestigious group of thinkers from elite universities and institutions all over the world questioned the efficacy of these lockdowns. Some of them going all the way back to March. Like Gupta, who questioned the Imperial College model’s credibility the week after it was published. Ioannidis wrote a skeptical peer-reviewed white paper on March 19 that has turned out to be downright prophetic. And yet, all of them were ignored. Why?

If someone comes to you and says up to 2 million people will die unless you risk a Great Depression, wouldn’t you want to get a second opinion before deciding which of those Kobayashi Maru scenarios to try? Aren’t patients faced with a difficult diagnosis encouraged to get a second opinion? Then how come Dr. Fauci never sought a second opinion from this group of experts, who all have credentials to rival his own?

As a virus, coronavirus is certainly different from the flu. Adults with auto-immune disease or diabetes who don’t have to social distance during a typical flu season, are probably wise to do so with COVID-19. However, those are decisions that can simply be made between an individual and their doctor without wholesale public disruption.

That’s different from the attacking mice with an elephant gun macro public policy approach we went with, otherwise known as the lockdowns, which has turned out to be the worst management decision in American history. And it’s highly unlikely it ever would’ve happened without Fauci’s chicken little act before the Congress on March 11. Just as it’s highly unlikely it would’ve continued past April 1 without Fauci using the disgraced IHME models to convince President Trump to go beyond the initial “15 days to flatten the curve.”

What did Dr. Fauci know, and when did he know it? We must get the answer to these questions, even if it requires a Nuremberg-esque tribunal to do so. Otherwise, how will we know in the future whether to take the next viral threat seriously, or that we’re being panic scammed? It’s just as likely the next pandemic won’t be relegated to our nursing homes, as it will be another anti-America media-driven hysteria directed by a pop culture false prophet.

The American people deserve to know how to tell if the next threat is a foreign virus or another domestic political narrative, and that requires answers to these questions.

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No matter what the data eventually shows, shutdown advocates will never admit they were wrong. Here’s why.

The coronavirus pandemic has not fully run its course, so it is too early yet to say with any sort of finality whether the shutdowns imposed by most global governments were necessary or even a good idea. Additionally, it will be difficult to eventually draw firm conclusions because there is a dearth of localities that did not even attempt a shutdown to act as meaningful control groups for the sake of comparison.

For now, we have to draw the best conclusions we can from pieces and suggestions. That applies even when trying to answer whether it will ultimately end up being harmful for states/countries to have ended their shutdowns “early,” much less whether they should have had a shutdown at all. It certainly seems at this point that there have been no negative effects from reopening states early, and that some of the states/countries with the worst ongoing problems remain shut down. But time will ultimately tell once this disease has finally run its course and we have a chance to look back with the cold eye of hindsight.

Whatever that data eventually shows, even if it shows that the shutdowns should never have happened, you can count on the people who advocated for it never admitting they were wrong. Even if the data conclusively, definitively ends up showing that the shutdowns were a monumental mistake that actually made the disease worse, you will never hear the public health officials who convinced governments to shut down our businesses, churches, and lives admit it even a little bit.

The first reason is that people in general are not in the habit of admitting they were wrong. It’s one of the most difficult things to do, especially for people who value their reputations, and so the simplest thing humans in general often do is just pretend they were right and cherry pick data inappropriately to defend even obviously indefensible positions rather than admit error.

But even if the public health shutdown advocates would otherwise be inclined to admit they were wrong, they still won’t. The reason is pretty simple. Public health experts are aware of the moral of the story of “The Boy who Cried Wolf” just as much as the ordinary person. And they’re aware that if it is ever conclusively determined that the shutdowns were a giant mistake, the next time they call for a shutdown, the public will not comply, even if it’s really and truly necessary next time.

And hey, the next time it might not be a respiratory disease that seems to be not a threat to life to the vast majority of the population. Next time it might be, I don’t know, a strain of ebola that is capable of surviving in long periods of time in the United States.

So in order to avoid the “Boy who Cried Wolf” effect, they will just pretend that there was a wolf all along, even if there never was one. And they will do everything they can to convince the public that there really was a wolf, even if they couldn’t see it, so that next time they cry “wolf” they will get the same response.

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Clothing company announces plans to sell underwear with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s name on it

Just in case you thought 2020 could not get any weirder, the 79-year-old head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is about to have his name emblazoned on women’s underwear.

According to the New York Post, the clothing brand responsible for this bizarre piece of fanwear is Canava, which describes itself as a “profit-for-purpose” brand. The retailer announced the line — which also includes underwear celebrating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) — on its Instagram account.

According to Canava, Fauci, Newsom, and Cuomo constitute a “dream team” that the company wanted to honor. The company promises in the post to match “dollar for dollar” any purchases of the underwear with a donation to health care workers in New York City and California.

The advertisement for the Fauci zuma bikini notes the obvious, which is that “Anthony Fauci may be an unlikely sex symbol,” but states that “we are living in unlikely times, and we heard you loud and clear that you wanted to show their ‘appreciation’ with more than a thank you. Viola Fauci bikinis.”

The NY Post notes that the company’s advertisement for the Cuomo-branded undies states that they are perfect for anyone who is “thirsty” for the governor.

The company proudly notes of its products that they are sustainably manufactured: “Nearshore cotton from Colombia and the United States that is then spun and knitted in Medellin, Colombia. The fabric is dyed in Medellin with a partner that has both water reclamation and recycling programs to offset their environmental impact. Both vendors have robust recycling programs for waste.”

Canava’s underwear is just the latest (and perhaps most bizarre) product to celebrate Fauci. A cottage industry of pro-Fauci merchandise — including prayer candles, masks, and T-shirts — has sprung up since Fauci became the public face of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response.

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President Trump says Fauci’s cautious stance on reopening schools is ‘not an acceptable answer’

President Donald Trump publicly disagreed with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top public health expert on the White House coronavirus task force, after Fauci endorsed a cautious approach to reopening schools in the fall, CNN reported.

“It’s just — to me it’s just not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools,” Trump said Wednesday.

What’s the story?

During his testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responded to a question from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) about how he would advise a college chancellor or school principal to persuade students or parents to return to school in August. Alexander specifically asked Fauci to respond with a focus on treatments and vaccines.

“I would tell her that in this case, that the idea of having treatments available, or a vaccination, to facilitate the reentry of students into the fall term would be something that would be a bit of a bridge too far,” Fauci responded.

Fauci said that so far, even the most promising potential treatments for COVID-19 have shown only “modest” results, and even then only in hospitalized patients. He said the most likely available treatment for students by August would be “passive transfer of convalescent serum.”

“But we’re really not talking about treating a student who gets ill, but how the student will feel safe in going back to school,” Fauci continued. “If this was a situation where we had a vaccine, that would be the end of that issue, in a positive way. But as I mentioned in my opening remarks, even at the top speed we’re going, we don’t see a vaccine playing in the ability of individuals to get back to school this term. What they really want is to know that they are safe. And that’s the question that will have to be due with what we discussed earlier about testing.”


WATCH: Dr. Anthony Fauci says coronavirus vaccine will not be available by start of next school year

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Fauci also said that, since there is much still unknown about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, “we really better be pretty careful, particularly when it comes to children.”

Trump’s response: President Trump was asked Wednesday about Fauci’s comments during a meeting with governors. Trump said Fauci “wants to play all sides of the equation, and seemed to guarantee that schools would reopen in the fall one way or another.

“We’re opening our country,” Trump said. “People want it open. The schools are going to be open.”

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