Dr. Fauci urged Americans to wear a mask even when he understood that masks were not very effective. In a set of emails published recently and obtained using the Freedom of Information Act, Fauci responded to questions that using a mask was not effective at preventing the spread of the virus.
“Masks are really for people with covid-19 to stop them from spreading the virus to people who don’t have it rather than preventing uninfected people from getting infection,” he said in reply to Sylvia Burwell, who is the former Obama HHS secretary, on February 5, 2020.
“The usual mask you buy is not effective in keeping away viruses, which can pass through the material. It might give some slight help in keeping out droplets if someone sneezes or coughs on you.”
Fauci’s recommendation was not to use a mask “since you are traveling to a low-risk location.”
The Doctor continued to tell Americans “there is no reason to be using a mask,” on March 8th of 2020, but by the end of March, he reversed his stance. Despite agreeing that masks only give a small benefit, Fauci soon started calling for widespread masking.
“The idea of achieving a more community-wide mask wearing outside of hospitals is being very actively discussed in our task force. The CDC is investigating that very carefully,” Fauci said to CNN on March 31st of 2020.
Completely unlike the way he spoke about masking in his reply to Burwell, Fauci later called for nationwide masking under the idea of accidental transmission — a phenomenon that even the WHO’s technical lead says is “very rare.”
“Because if a person who might be or might not be infected wants to ensure they do not infect another person, among the best ways to do that is use a mask. So maybe that is the way to go,” Fauci said.
Fauci went all out with this mask narrative for over a year, even encouraging American to begin wearing layers of masks. Yet he knew all along that this provided little protection for anyone.
Author: Scott Dowdy