(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Dr. Anthony Fauci is finding himself in some hot water for comments he made early in the pandemic about whether masks would prove effective at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier this week, emails that Fauci sent early in the pandemic were released to media outlets, and they show a person who flip flopped back and forth on the subject of masks.
In one email exchange, Fauci flat out told a former official of the Barack Obama administration that masks were not necessary.
On February 4, 2020, about a month and a half before things started shutting down in the U.S., Sylvia Burwell emailed Fauci asking for his guidance. Burwell is the president of American University and was the former secretary of Health and Human Services under Obama.
In the email, she asked:
“Tony … I am traveled to [redacted]. Folks are suggesting I take a mask for the airport. Is this something I should do.”
The next day, Fauci responded:
“Sylvia: Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protected uninfected people from acquiring infection.
“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep[ing] out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a very low risk location.”
Fauci’s emails show that the leader of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases took a much different tone early in the pandemic than he did as the pandemic worsened.
On February 22, he signed off on responses to questions from a Greek newspaper. The response, drafted by a spokesperson from NIAID, was to the question:
“Which are the protective measures anyone should take against the new virus? Do masks work?”
The response, which Fauci approved, read:
“The vast majority of people outside of China do not need to wear a mask. A mask is more appropriate for someone who is infected than for people trying to protect against infection.”
Then, on March 8, an interview with Fauci aired on the show “60 Minutes” in which he said:
“There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” because “it could lead to a shortage of masks for the people who really need it.”
At the time this was going on, Fauci was receiving emails from Michael Liu, who was quoting “great advice” from a Chinese expert. That expert was Dr. Wenhong Zhang, who serves as the head of Huashan Hospital’s infectious disease unit in Shanghai.
In an email, Liu said to Fauci:
“According to Dr. Zhang’s video … COVID-19 can really be prevented with 3 key measures, i.e. to keep social distancing, wash hands frequently and wear masks. I strongly suggest American people should wear masks like Chinese, South Korean people, etc., because even China’s highest leader, Mr. Jingping Xi, wears masks.”
“Thank you for your note. We indeed have learned much from our Chinese colleagues. I appreciate your bringing these issues to our attention.”
It was around this time that Fauci had started coming around to mask wearing for the general public. But, was it too late? And did he hide information he knew at the time?
Maybe so. The devil seems to be in the details of his emails.