Social media erupted after Dr. Anthony Fauci was confronted by a CNN host with a study showing face masks made little to no difference in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conservative critics pounced on the former White House chief medical adviser after he acknowledged the masking study during the Saturday segment — while continuing to insist that, at an individual level, other research shows face coverings are effective at curtailing the spread of the virus.
“On a global scale, or when referring to the effects of the pandemic on an epidemic level, Fauci acknowledged that the evidence is less convincing.
“But there are other studies, Michael, that show at an individual level, for individuals,” they might be protective, he said.
Fauci also stressed during the interview that at the moment “we’re not talking about forcing anybody to do anything.”
“Fauci admits that masks don’t work for the public at large but still absurdly claims masks work on an individual basis. “More subterfuge,” said Sen. Ran Paul (R-Ky.), a political nemesis of Fauci, wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
Fauci admits that masks don’t work for the public at large but still absurdly claims masks work on an individual basis. Subterfuge. pic.twitter.com/UcjOa8flkr
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 3, 2023
This is amazing. Fauci says masks are effective at an individual level, but not pandemic levels. Makes sense. pic.twitter.com/YPPGgjfHwh
— Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin) September 3, 2023
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 3, 2023
“Fauci confronted with most definitive data analysis possible that masks make ZERO difference against Covid. It’s not a tiny bit, it’s zero. Buck Sexton, a conservative commentator said that Fauci was a fraud.
Fauci confronted with most definitive data analysis possible that masks make ZERO difference against Covid. It’s not a tiny bit, it is zero. And he just mutters some numerical illiteracy bullshit about “individual protection.” He’s a fraud and a liar pic.twitter.com/ovHsqEL85H
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) September 3, 2023
“It’s really hard to assume Fauci’s disastrous ‘mistakes’ were in good faith when he refuses to acknowledge obvious facts that don’t require a PhD to decipher. It looks a lot more like ‘TRUST THE SCIENCE!’ only applies when it suits Fauci’s personal or political narrative,” former senior White House and US Intelligence Community official Cliff Sims said.
It’s really hard to assume Fauci’s disastrous “mistakes” were in good faith when he refuses to acknowledge obvious facts that don’t require a PhD to decipher. This looks more like Fauci only uses “TRUST THE RESEARCH!” when it fits his personal or political narrative. https://t.co/nBk8YSIIfw
— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) September 3, 2023
“Wow Fauci is SMOKED on masks and he has zero comeback,” conservative host Liz Wheeler wrote.
Wow Fauci is SMOKED on masks and he has zero comeback. pic.twitter.com/R0KrXbOHD7
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) September 3, 2023
Fauci, 82, stepped down from his post as chief medical adviser to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, last year.
During the initial onset of the pandemic, he suggested that masks were not providing the type of protection “people think it is” and underscored the severe shortage of masks afflicting health care providers.
As production of masks increased and the supply bottlenecks diminished, Fauci changed his mind and advocated masking as a way to stop the spread.
This sparked uproar from conservatives, who were angry by the mask mandates which followed.
“I do not regret any of what I said because it was accurate in context. We were told in our task force meetings that we have a serious problem with the lack of PPEs and masks for the health providers who are putting themselves in harm’s way every day to take care of sick people,” Fauci told CBS News about his reversal on masking at the time.
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