Dr.Anthony Fauci is a figure that many have looked to for guidance on how to manage to make it through the pandemic, but it appears the doctor insists on shifting the goalposts when it comes to herd immunity.
It’s not the first time he has used so-called facts to manipulate the American public.
In a Christmas Eve interview with The New York Times, Fauci said he had given a lower estimate for herd immunity that would be required to stop the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus Pandemic in its tracks. His excuse was that if he were to disclose what he thought the real estimate was, Americans would be discouraged.
Now, he has raised the estimate “partly based on new science,” the Times reported, “and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.”
Polling results guided Fauci to keep his estimates low when Americans were not overly confident they wanted to have the vaccine.
“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,” he told reporter Donald McNeil. “Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”
Fauci admitted that scientists “really don’t know what the real number is,” though he himself estimated that the “real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent.”
“But, I’m not going to say 90 percent,” he added, because “doing so might be discouraging to Americans,” according to the Times.
The same applied to Fauci’s take on wearing face masks. When the pandemic began, Fauci advised against the wearing of face masks. He claimed it was unnecessary unless you had the symptoms of the virus.
Then, he did an about-face and insisted masks were essential to stop the virus’s spread. When asked six months ago why he had argued against masks at the outset, he said medical staff was “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 continued, “And we wanted to make sure that the scarce PPE was reserved for the people, namely the health care workers, who were brave enough to put themselves in [harm’s way], to take care of people who you know were infected with the coronavirus and the danger of them getting infected.”
It would be in everyone’s best interest to be upfront with the real facts; perhaps people would be more inclined to have a little faith.