In my last post about this interview Fauci had with The Street, I didn’t provide the link or quotes. I did this partly because I don’t want anyone to take my word for it… And partly because I was lazy.

But now that Fauci is saying he doesn’t understand why the White House would circulate a list of the statements he has made that turned out to be incorrect or misleading, I figured that it was a good time to provide at least one item that is a huge issue about public safety that can’t easily be repaired – mask guidance.

I mean, shouldn’t a 79 year-old who spent his whole life studying infectious diseases know something about antigens causing respiratory diseases spreading in microscopic droplets and aerosols as well a surface contact, and the possibility that COVID could be spread that way also?

Well, yes. They should know. Tuberculosis and the plague are just two examples, along with flu. Fauci knew. And here he says exactly why he provided misleading information. Take the available supply out of the hands of the public – the source of the need for PPE by health professionals – so that the health workers could have them.

At the very least, hindsight says that was a really boneheaded choice that he chose to support with a lie. How many COVID infections could have been prevented with honest public guidance suggesting people make their own masks with whatever they have available, and not to buy them.

Here is one item on the White House list:

Among them: Fauci’s comments in January that the coronavirus was “not a major threat” and his guidance in March that “people should not be walking around with masks.”

So, why weren’t we told to wear masks in the beginning?

“Well, the reason for that is that we were concerned the public health community, and many people were saying this, were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply. And we wanted to make sure that the people namely, the health care workers, who were brave enough to put themselves in a harm way, to take care of people who you know were infected with the coronavirus and the danger of them getting infected.”