Many interesting details have been revealed from the Fauci Email dump this week. One important piece to the puzzle regards the effectiveness of masks. We all know that Dr. Fauci admits he lied to the American people early on about masks to prevent the public from hoarding the face diapers and preventing front line worker
s access to them. So what was he saying in private?
According to one of the over 3,000 emails released this week, Dr. Fauci advised Obama-era Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell AGAINST wearing a mask – even slamming the practice as “not really effective” – in private emails obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.
Ms. Burwell, also the former Director of President Barack Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, emailed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director on February 4th, 2020 inquiring about the necessity of wearing a mask for a forthcoming trip and advice on the direction of a donation to China from investor Ray Dalio.
The following day, Fauci’s response included a declaration that “I do not recommend that you wear a mask,” adding that the “typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus.”
In full, Fauci’s response read:
Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting 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 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. Your instincts are correct, money is best spent on medical countermeasures such as diagnostics and vaccines.
Okay, you can reasonably explain away Dr. Fauci making such a claim in public to prevent a shortage of masks to the front-line workers who may have needed them more, but why would he continue the lie in private to a fellow “medical expert” who’s planning airline travel?
And what about Dr. Fauci’s claim that a busy airport is “a very low risk location?”
So, the question you should be asking is, is Fauci a liar or is he utterly incompetent? You can judge for yourself.
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