Flip-flopping Fauci's ridiculous idea of masking children proves he's completely lost touch with reality
At a time when the US urgently needs a trusted voice of authority in the fight against Covid, it has instead received a smooth-talking snake oil salesman hawking politically tainted advice to an unsuspecting public.
Despite my best efforts to resist such sentiments, there is something bizarrely likeable about Anthony Stephen Fauci, 80, who serves as the chief medical adviser to the US president. And judging by his amazing staying power, millions of other Americans seem to feel the very same way.
Fauci comes off as the charismatic uncle who’s always the center of attention at the dinner table with stories so fantastic that you want to believe they are true. It’s that sort of mesmeric charm that could explain why this man has been so successful at sweet-talking America into medically-induced bondage for the next year, or decade, or maybe even forever? Who knows? Certainly not Anthony Fauci, that’s for sure – the man who has turned flip-floppiness into a veritable field of science.
For example, who else but Washington’s famous Covid guru could have convinced Americans, already at their wits’ end over lockdowns, social distancing and an infernal mask regime, to roll up their sleeves for a vaccine, while also telling them it will do nothing to free them from lockdowns, social distancing and the infernal mask regime? To be perfectly blunt, selling that ‘used car’ to the public would require some superhuman bulls**tting abilities, with which Fauci seems to be inordinately endowed.
“I would recommend to people to not to abandon all public health measures just because you’ve been vaccinated,” Fauci told CNN with a perfectly straight face. “Because even though for the general population it might be 90 to 95 percent effective, you don’t necessarily know for you how effective it is.”
Dr Fauci telling Americans masks would not help when pandemic was starting—as opposed to saying wear a face covering and leave N95 masks for healthcare professionals that need them (as most now do)—was an enormous mistake and we are paying for it. pic.twitter.com/2g795cR4qd— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) June 28, 2020
America just shrugged its weary shoulders, unquestioningly accepting the gibberish as gospel because it came out of the mouth of Anthony Fauci. There was one person, however, who was not fooled by the silver-tongued fox, and that was US Senator Rand Paul. In an epic exchange during a Senate hearing on Covid, Paul, himself a medical doctor, told Fauci that continuing to wear a mask after infection or vaccination was mere “theater.”
“You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show,” Paul told Fauci in a dressing down long in the making. “You are defying everything we know about immunity by telling people [who have been vaccinated or previously infected] to wear a mask… Do you want to get rid of ‘vaccine hesitancy’? Tell them to quit wearing the mask after they get the vaccine! Give them a reward instead of telling them that the nanny state is going to be there for three more years and you got to wear a mask forever.”
Fauci disagreed, saying, “masks are not theater, masks are protective.”
Whatever the case may be, Paul’s challenge to the formerly unassailable Fauci seems to have given others courage to speak out, because days later, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who dared mention the elephant in the hospital room – herd immunity.
Wearing a mask after having the vaccine is nothing but pure Theater. Fauci is invested in our submission. He is a liar.— John Rich (@johnrich) March 19, 2021
Makary took exception with Fauci and his argument that the country needs to vaccinate 70 to 85% of the population to reach herd immunity from Covid-19. Why? Because Fauci, a strong advocate for vaccines, “inexplicably ignores natural immunity” which occurs when people are exposed to the disease.
“Undercounting or removing the many Americans with natural immunity from any tally of herd immunity is a scientific error of omission,” Makary wrote. “When people wonder why President Biden talks about limiting Fourth of July gatherings, it’s because [Anthony Fauci] has dismissed the contribution of natural immunity, artificially extending the timeline.”
After a year of examining “millions of Covid-19 cases in the U.S., it’s clear that reinfections are rare,” he continued. “Natural immunity is real and shouldn’t be ignored.”
Amid this tepid yet growing pushback from the US political and medical communities, you would think that Anthony Fauci would practice some moderation, perhaps even ease up on his draconian proposals. In fact, just the opposite is happening. Over the weekend, in an interview on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’, Fauci said that children, who have shown a remarkable natural ability to fight off Covid, should wear masks around each other – even outdoors in the fresh air.
“When the children go out into the community, you want them to continue to wear masks when they’re interacting with groups or multiple households,” he said.
When asked whether children can return to summer camp and playgrounds this summer, Fauci refused to give a definite answer, even though Covid infections are dropping across the country, saying only that it was “conceivable that will be possible.”Also on rt.com Unvaccinated children must wear masks when playing together, Fauci warns
Fauci’s comments come even as it is being demonstrated how ineffective masks are in preventing the spread of the disease. On March 10, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the termination of coronavirus restrictions in his state, much to the dismay of health officials. Two weeks later, however, the average number of daily new cases of the coronavirus in Texas decreased by 42.5%.
Such optimistic news, far from providing hope that a return to some semblance of normalcy is on the horizon, only gives people like Fauci more incentive to push on with measures that fly in the face of science and common sense. In short, they are tyrannical measures being pushed by would-be tyrants drunk on power.
Depriving children of the best years of their life against an almost nonexistent threat cannot be justified as anything other than an abuse of power – ‘child abuse’, to be more precise.
Anthony Fauci should be exposed as the charlatan he is. America needs someone who truly respects science, as opposed to merely someone who hides behind it for ulterior motives that have nothing in common with public health.
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