Fauci says he’s now pushing masks after previously saying they weren’t needed because of supply shortages
06/26/2020 // Ethan Huff // Views

Early on when the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was first taking shape, Anthony Fauci told the American public that face masks were not necessary to protect against infection. But he has since changed his tune, now claiming that face masks are needed but that they were simply in short supply previously.

Flip-flopping as is typically the case, Fauci is insistent that face masks are needed when venturing out in public to avoid spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), despite having earlier stated that masks are merely a "symbol" of good behavior and complying with government recommendations.

While Fauci says that the "important thing is actually physical separation," meaning staying away from all other human beings, he also now contends that face masks are helpful to prevent infection from spreading, even though face masks "are not 100 percent protective."

The "symbolism," then, has somehow become science, according to Fauci, who says that he previously opposed face masks due to concerns about "the public health community" not having access to so-called PPE, or personal protective equipment. Even though most people are wearing homemade cloth coverings or bandannas anyway, Fauci claims that his flip-flop was due to shortages of the real stuff.

"We wanted to make sure that the people, namely the health care workers, who were brave enough to put themselves in a harm (sic) way, to take care of people who you know were infected with the coronavirus and the danger of them getting infected," he added in a statement.


Americans could be advised to wear masks forever if the official numbers "justify" it

As for how long the American people will be told to wear them, Fauci and other "experts" say it will all depend on the number of new cases. In other words, if the numbers are high, then mask recommendations will remain in place indefinitely.

According to Trish Greenhalgh, a primary care professor at the University of Oxford, the general public will be told to wear face masks until "there are no new cases, or very few cases" – which, realistically speaking, could be never based on the way things appear.

It seems as though every time Americans say they want to go back to restaurants, for instance, or go to church, the number of new cases spikes. The same is true for President Trump saying he wants to hold rallies again, which immediately triggered the mainstream media to warn about a potential surge in new cases.

Even The Hill, which reported on Fauci's about-face concerning masks, says that ending the economic lockdowns was followed by an uptick in new cases. There are now said to be more than two million total confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country, prompting The Hill to declare that "the country appears to still have a ways to go."

In Fauci's view, "normality" could be as long as a year away now that so many new cases of the virus are said to be emerging.

"I'm concerned it's happening," he told the media about a rise in "hotspots" of the virus associated with mass gatherings in some areas. "I hope the individual states can blunt that. It [the virus] could go on for a couple of cycles, coming back and forth."

As for when it might all end, Fauci does not believe that it will be by this upcoming fall or even winter. He told the media that he thinks "we'll be seeing it for a bit more," which should be right around the time when Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, which Fauci wants to be forced on all Americans, will probably be unveiled.

For more of the latest news about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, be sure to check out Pandemic.news.

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