Things got awkward on Tuesday’s episode of “Morning Joe” as White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci struggled to explain the downward trend of COVID-19 cases in Texas after the state relaxed both masking and social distancing.
Fauci tried to argue that case numbers dropping amidst relaxed masking and social distancing measures “can be confusing” because there is allegedly a delay before one would see the impact of these decisions. He then claimed that “we’ve been fooled before” as he urged states to stay vigilant with masking and social distancing.
“It can be confusing because you may see a lag and a delay because often, you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect of what you’re doing right now,” Fauci explained. “You know, there are a lot of things that go into that. I mean, when you say that they’ve had a lot of the activity on the outside like ball games, I’m not really quite sure It could be they’re doing things outdoor.”
“You know, it’s very difficult to just one-on-one compare that,” he added. “You have to see in the long-range. I hope they continue to tick down. If they do, that would be great, but there’s always the concern when you pull back on methods, particularly things like indoor dining and bars that are crowded, you can see a delay, and then all of a sudden tick right back up. We’ve been fooled before by situations where people begin to open up, nothing happens, and then all of a sudden several weeks later, things start exploding on you. So, we’ve got to be careful we don’t prematurely judge that.”
Dr. Fauci on Texas Covid cases dropping despite ignoring his advice on masks/social distancing: "It can be confusing, because … often you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect … I’m not really quite sure. It could be they’re doing things outdoors" pic.twitter.com/yuFEPoE2BV
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This comes a month after Texas Governor Gregg Abbott made it clear that the people of Texas were free to employ their own coronavirus safety measures, regardless of what the government is doing, according to Fox News.
“Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year,” Abbott said on March 2. “Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”