Dr. Anthony Fauci has a checkered record with his pronouncements about COVID response in the past year. As more states open up with no adverse effects to the rates of COVID infection, Michigan politicians are competing for who wants more mandatory lockdowns. Where was Fauci right or wrong?
In March of 2020, Fauci warned the general public not to wear masks, saying they are ineffective unless you have an active virus. Fast forward nearly a year, and the public is being told that people still may be wearing masks into 2022.
We were initially told that we needed to lockdown and to stop the spread, but that it would only be for two weeks. Nearly a year later, data is showing that lockdowns don’t, in fact, stop the spread of the virus.
Fauci said in October 2020 that the vaccine will only curb symptoms, but will not stop the virus. Then in January of 2021, he said that vaccines will stop the virus from spreading, and will also help against subsequent variants.
So, what is correct?
Readers would be forgiven for having a case of policy whiplash due to the vastly differing medical opinions, some even coming from the same person. And it’s having an effect on public confidence in Fauci’s opinions, as those numbers are falling.
Liberal TV host Bill Maher recently weighed in with a discussion about what policies actually worked better to save lives. Was it protecting the most vulnerable populations, or was it locking down the healthy people in age categories that weren’t often hospitalized, even if they tested positive for the virus?
In what has the appearance of trying to remain relevant as his COVID narrative crumbles, Fauci is now weighing in on “gun violence,” calling it a public health emergency.
If Fauci feels it necessary to weigh in on the recent increase in shootings, he should do so from a more informed place. Unchecked mental health crises increased due to the lockdowns and their accompanying isolation. As a reminder, those are the same lockdowns he endorsed and advanced. Suicide risk is up, as is domestic violence, and child abuse—much of that likely going unreported because of the lockdowns.
If he is concerned about “gun violence,” why then, didn’t Fauci weigh in on all the people who died in riots last year? More than 2,000 police officers were injured, and dozens—including at least two law enforcement officers—were killed.
Or perhaps he could weigh in on the people killed violently in Chicago, where 769 homicides were committed in 2020. Chicago is a city that boasts among the most strict gun control laws, which criminals don’t follow, but the law-abiding do.
My suggestion to Dr. Anthony Fauci is to straighten up his act on the medical front, and to butt out of the complex topic of violence by any means. It’s not his job.