Dr. Anthony Fauci, the advisor who helped direct the government’s coronavirus lockdown, said that keeping lockdown protocols for too long would cause “irreparable damage.”
In an interview on CNBC, Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that “depending upon the dynamics of the infection of a particular state,” the country should “in a cautious way,” start re-opening.
“We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health,” Fauci continued.
Fauci said that he is “enthusiastic about reopening” the country, and that he thinks that “we can do it in pace that would be reasonable and would get us back as a society from a morale standpoint as well as the economy.”
“I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,” Fauci added. “We had to do that when we had the explosion of cases, but now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal,” he continued, saying that he is totally in favor “of that if it’s done in the proper way in the appropriate setting.”
Only last week, Fauci told members of Congress that if the country started re-opening now, “too early,” then the consequences would be more “suffering and death” and states that were “on the road to try to get back to an economic recovery” would be shunted off of it. “It would almost turn the clock back rather than going forward. That is my major concern,” he told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
It sounds very convenient in my eyes that as soon as we’ve seen states re-open without the dangerous consequences that Fauci has previously been preaching, that he suddenly flips around and talks about the dangers of maintaining the lockdown! This flip-flopping completely contradicts his previous rhetoric—if he had taken a more moderate stance from the beginning, he wouldn’t be facing this criticism now.
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