Lots of people are wearing masks now.
In fact, some businesses like grocery stores require customers to wear face masks.
But it wasn’t always that way. Remember back in the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic, when people were told not to bother with face masks?
During a recent interview, Dr. Fauci admitted that the expert community misled the public.
From National Review:
Fauci Confirms Public-Health Experts Downplayed Efficacy of Masks to Ensure They Would Be Available to Health-care Workers
Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, confirmed that public-health experts discouraged the public from wearing face masks towards the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak because they were concerned there would not be enough available for health-care workers.
During the early weeks of the pandemic, public-health experts “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,” Fauci said in an interview with TheStreet.
“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,” Fauci continued.
Here’s the video:
Dr. Fauci admits public health officials misled the public about the effectiveness of masks. pic.twitter.com/0qdNfy2lde
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 17, 2020
Here’s a flashback to what we were told at the beginning.
From Business Insider:
In January through March, as the spread of the disease became more and more serious, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actively discouraged the use of masks among the general public.
By early April, simple cloth face coverings were recommended for the general public, instead of protective personal equipment such as surgical and N95 masks, The New York Times reported.
Fauci’s comments echo those of Surgeon General Jerome Adams on March 2, when he said that the increased demand for masks was putting medical professionals at risk.
A few days earlier, he tweeted that masks were “not effective in preventing” COVID-19 in the general public, saying, “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!” He later reversed his advice.
How are people supposed to trust the expert class in the future?