In this Reuters article, Dr. Fauci, of the National Institute of Health, is quoted as saying that cases of the novel coronavirus are now surging in the US due not having shutdown completely last spring.
“We did not shut down entirely and that’s the reason why when we [then] went up,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview with Stanford Medicine.
“We started to come down and then we plateaued at a level that was really quite high – about 20,000 infections a day. Then as we started to reopen, we’re seeing the surges that we’re seeing today as we speak in California, your own state, in Arizona, in Texas, in Florida and several other states.”
With all due respect, this is puzzling. New York was never entirely shutdown. Yet, hospitalizations for COVID is now at the lowest level since early March, and we celebrated the milestone having zero daily deaths yesterday.
It’s true that New York has spent nearly two months on a phased reopening, and we are not yet done; the malls could reopen this last Friday under the condition of having installed MERV 11 rated filters or better on their ventilation systems.
But our reopening was managed by state and local leaders. They didn’t just allow establishments to reopen for life to carry on as if nothing had changed. Included in reopening plans were new safety regulations based on the type of establishment, complete with mechanisms for enforcement. We have had a mask mandate since before the reopening began, and three weeks earlier than the CDC updated its mask-related guidance from discouraging them to recommending them. We also now have available supplies of hand sanitizers and some anti-microbial agents.
Masks, sanitizers and anti-microbial agents are essential personal safety items that had been diverted away from public availability to hospitals that had no stockpiles of PPE by CDC and NIH officials (Fauci included) on an ongoing basis until mid-May via the Defense Procurement Act, leaving average Joe with nothing with which to stay safe, as they issued knowingly false guidance on the benefits of face coverings as to have available supply for negligent hospitals.
When the CDC face covering guidance was changed to a recommendation, it was done somewhat quietly, as Fauci and Redfield issued dire warnings about reopening too soon all while still diverting supplies of PPE, and not bothering to mention ways people could protect themselves as they begin to resume as much of their lives as possible under the conditions. It was as if they were playing the role of harbingers of doom instead of providing and emphasizing information that would be helpful to reopening SAFELY.
We are here with COVID out of control today because of Fauci’s and Redfield’s essential supplies diversion tactics and need for attention that was completely devoid of leadership and helpful public guidance on prevention – masks and sanitation – for reopening. Their intentionally misleading guidance has caused public confusion about personal risk assessment and has led to politicization of mask-wearing. This confusion has never been cleared up by either of these men as to persuade unsettled minds to comply with updated guidance, which may now be an entirely impossible task – a few months late and more than little political capital short.
Both Fauci and Redfield should do the right thing and resign. Their credibility is shot, and the only way to have any hope of gaining control of COVID nationally is to get fresh leadership.