The dubious Dr. Fauci
On January 26, speaking about the coronavirus, Dr. Fauci said the risk to Americans was low, that there was nothing to be worried or frightened about, and that we were prepared (here: 5:08 mark, audio).
By mid-February, Fauci was more concerned about the seasonal flu and continued to say the coronavirus risk to Americans was low, and there was no need, for example, to avoid going to Chinese restaurants.
He also noted that things could change (as if we need an expert to tell us that). By making such (obvious) statements, he covers himself by leaving the door open to whatever may happen down the road à la, you see, I told you things could change (here).
On April 3, in direct contradiction to a statement made just a few days prior by Dr. Birx that initial reports coming out of China were suggestive of a SARS-like virus and not a global pandemic (here), Fauci claimed that it was clear to him in early to mid-January that this virus was transmittable from human to human, that transmission was very efficient, and that it wasn't just another SARS or MERS (here: 13:20 mark).
I thought part of why we were late to the game was because the "experts" thought it was like SARS and therefore would not become a global pandemic. Hence: no worries, and enjoy your night out in Chinatown.
If we are to believe that the incredible Dr. Fauci had a sense of what was headed our way in early January yet never said a word at the time, there appear to be at least two possible explanations.
Either, for some unknown reason, he kept this vital impression of the virus to himself for several weeks or he never had that insight early on and is now claiming he did (otherwise known as lying). No matter what the explanation, he can be confident no one in the media will challenge him because the left has him on a pedestal.
But there's more.
On April 5, Fauci said the percentage of Americans who are infected but asymptomatic could be as high as fifty. But he admits he's just guessing and has no data to support this suspicion (here).
So a monumental number based on insufficient data is offered up to the American people from a scientist who touts data.
Well, that seems odd, especially coming on the heels of some encouraging news about the direction things appear to be headed beyond the immediate week or so ahead.
And if I can share one additional this-is-odd tidbit, albeit presented out of chronological order: on March 22, when asked about some of the statements Trump makes at press conferences, Fauci said he "can't jump in front of the microphone and push him down" (here).
He was talking about the president of the United States! One wonders if he made a Freudian slip and said exactly what he'd like to do.
In closing, let me say, "Hear! Hear!" to a comment President Trump made about himself at a recent press conference, which was that while he's not a doctor, he does have common sense. I, as well. And something doesn't add up about Dr. Fauci.
File photo from YouTube screen grab (cropped).