Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health:
On March 8th, Dr. Fauci recommended no mask wearing because the public may “fiddle with the mask, and touch their face”, and said there would be no lockdowns or “no draconian quarantines”. N95 or surgical masks should only be used by health care providers and the sick because of mask shortages. (no recommendation to use homemade “cloth coverings”) Then on June 22nd recommends “cloth coverings”, not N95 or surgical masks, saying that a simple cloth covering CAN WORK AS WELL AS A MASK in many cases. After saying on March 18th “don’t downplay something” (like wearing masks) or “you’re credibility is lost”. Why not recommend homemade cloth coverings on March 8th?
March 8, 2020
NO FACE MASKS!
You may “fiddle with the mask, touch your face”
Masks “only health care providers need them”
Because only hospital-grade N95 masks actually protect the user.
June 22, 2020
What about our guidance three months ago, that the public didn’t need to wear masks? At that time PPE – the N95 and surgical masks were in very short supply, and we wanted to make sure the brave health care workers would get them, so we downplayed the need for them. Now we have masks, and we know that a person on the street doesn’t need an N95 mask, and we also know a simple cloth covering CAN WORK AS WELL AS A MASK in many cases. Although there appears to be some contradiction, actually the circumstances have changed, that’s the reason why.
- March 8th – don’t wear masks, only hospital-grade masks work and these are in short supply.
- March 18th – it is important that health care professionals NEVER downplay health risks, because “credibility is lost”. (Fauci downplayed the mask risk on March 8th)
- June 22nd – NOW we have a large supply of N95 and surgical masks needed to protect nurses and doctors (cloth coverings will not work) So we are recommending that the public use cloth coverings made at home because “we know that a simple cloth covering can work as well as a mask in many cases”.
Only hospital-grade masks can be used to stop COVID-19; we didn’t want the public to buy the scarce hospital-grade masks because it will put health care workers lives at risk; but NOW we have sufficient quantities of the hospital-grade masks; so therefore we are NOT recommending you purchase N95 or surgical masks but instead make your own “cloth coverings” at home, because “we know that a simple cloth covering can work as well as a mask in many cases”.
So why not tell the public to make and wear cloth masks on March 8th? What did the supply of N95 or surgical masks have to do with waiting three months to recommend “simple cloth coverings”? Nothing. One had nothing to do with the other. These were obviously political decisions, not scientific ones. Don’t Trust Dr. Anthony Fauci.