Friday, June 19, 2020

And this is why I'll never trust Dr. Fauci again

I'm sure most of my readers are familiar with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the immunologist who advised President Trump and the US government on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic.  He played a pivotal road in formulating US response to the disease.

He's finally admitted something many of us had suspected all along.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.

"Masks are not 100% protective. However, they certainly are better than not wearing a mask. Both to prevent you, if you happen to be a person who may feel well, but has an asymptomatic infection that you don't even know about, to prevent you from infecting someone else," said Fauci. "But also, it can protect you a certain degree, not a hundred percent, in protecting you from getting infected from someone who, either is breathing, or coughing, or sneezing, or singing or whatever it is in which the droplets or the aerosols go out. So masks work."

So, why weren't we told to wear masks in the beginning?

"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. 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."

There's more at the link, and in this report.

I suspected at the time that this was stupid advice.  After all, almost everywhere else in the world, masks were being insisted upon, to such an extent that going outside without one might lead to your arrest in certain countries.  Yet, here Dr. Fauci and other so-called "experts" were insisting that we didn't really need them.

Now we know that the "experts" were more than happy to lie to us, and thereby knowingly put us in greater danger, in order to safeguard supplies for medical personnel.  We, the "ordinary people", weren't nearly as important, in their eyes, as their own colleagues.  So what if more of us died as a result?  That wasn't their problem.

And that's why one should never, ever take an alleged "expert's" views or recommendations at face value.  We simply can't trust them to be honest.  Too many of them, like Dr. Fauci, have hidden agendas.  He, and others of his ilk, will doubtless protest that they acted for the best, that they had to preserve supplies for health care workers - but then, why not simply be honest?  Why not have government reserve all supplies of the necessary equipment, by law, for health care workers?  It wouldn't make us feel any better about the lack of them, but at least we'd understand the reason for it, and probably (albeit grudgingly) accept it.  However, to lie to us as if we simply don't matter and don't count . . . that stinks to high heaven.

Dr. Fauci has now terminally discredited himself in the eyes of anyone with two working brain cells to rub together.  I hope he's happy with that result - and with being branded, by his own admission, a liar.  So much for his professional reputation, and for public trust in his profession - and so much for public support for government advice and edicts, in the event of another pandemic.  The general reaction to them is likely to be "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."



MarcusZ1967 said...

Why not have government reserve all supplies of the necessary equipment, by law, for health care workers?


jen said...

You shouldn't trust him anyway. He's part of the Gates Foundation.

Andrew Smith said...

Also, this admission on 60 Minutes:

Ed P said...

Fauci might have some financial interests in vaccine development - I couldn't comment. But were that the case, his judgement and advice might be suspect.

Aaron said...

We know he was lying about that then, what is he lying about now?

C. S. P. Schofield said...

C all him Dr. Eggo, because of his waffles.

riverrider said...

you give him too much credit still. they wanted more people infected to perpetuate the pandemic hoax,thus making more money and bringing trump down with it.

JWM said...

Read between the lines of what Fauci said. Masks MAY BE effective. But only if they are worn properly, only if you had contact with the virus, and don't know it yet, MAY BE some help in preventing infection.
In other words the mask might maybe help some in some cases. Might maybe. So would wearing a safety helmet on your daily walk around the block. IF you tripped, and IF you fell, and IF you fell on your head, and IF you hit your head hard enough...
The mask is symbolic. It is a talisman of the Church of Woke. It signifies sheep-like compliance with what your betters think you oughta' do. Look around at how many people drive alone in the car while masked up. How many people are out walking or biking alone- no one near them, yet they are masked. The virus isn't going to sneak in through the air vent in the car, or fall out of the sky. Yet they wear the sheep mask. It is a perfect token gesture that those in authority can force upon those of us whom they perceive as their subjects. A perfect token gesture of virtue signalling compliance. "I'm Helping!" So it is the Gavin Newsom just decided that he can force all Californians to wear the accursed things.
When this mess first started I made a point of reading everything I could find on-line about it. What I discovered in short order is that whatever you think you want to believe, there is good evidence, and expert sounding advice to back you up. The governor has no inside line on the truth. Just paid experts who tell him what he thinks he wants to hear, just like everyone else.


Will said...

Some info on mask effects:

FredLewers said...

It's a slippery slope that leads to eugenics. And they've already started down it.

Rob said...

In the beginning they didn't have enough masks for everyone & they wanted them for the front line people plus they didn't want people saying "I have a mask, I don't have to watch anything else". So "they" said what was necessary to get what "they" wanted.
I've watched the unemployment and inflation (cost of living) numbers be fiddled with too long to expect any honesty from the government.

Ray - SoCal said...

Dr. Fauci's down playing of masks cost a lot of lives.

I found this site useful.

Judy said...

How many of us just sat down at our sewing machines and made masks, for ourselves, family members, and the community at large? Once we had the information about what would make an effective one. That's all Fauci, WHO or the CDC had to say. We are Americans, for God's sake, we love problem solving!

They do work. Yes, they are hot and if, fitted right you do feel like you are suffocating. How do I know this? I wore one for a living while burring parts. You don't know uncomfortable it is until it's 130-150 degrees in the building your working in and you have to were a N-95 or better mask for 8 hours. Jesus, that was miserable.

Plus, anybody who has had a family member with cancer or respiratory problems knows the advice that was being handed out is business as usual.

Dad29 said...

Another Fauci Pearl of Wisdom dropped yesterday, in which he derides the Deplorables for not 'trusting the science' and for not 'accepting authority.'


The man's picture will be in the dictionary under "Irony."

Aesop said...

I pointed out Fauci was an idiot in 2014.

People should have listened.

John Mrozek said...

I have evaluated respirators, work tasks for respirator use, and respirator types for twenty years of my career. These surgical masks and cloth masks are not protective for the virus and for the circumstances in which they are worn. The masks are not tight fitting, the pore size is too big to catch the microdroplets people exhaust when they breathe, and people wear them for far too long. They are only safety theater.

John said...

Bought a case pack of 20 N95's about 18 months before the Whuflu hit, strictly
out of paranoid precaution. Read too many articles about another runaway Chinese
killer flu bug possible every year. Didn't want to spend the $ so I only bought
the one pack. When "F" man told us we didn't need the masks at the same time the
hospitals were screaming for them, I knew he was a lying piece of crap.