America’s infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, appeared on CNN and told Jake Tapper that “obviously” fewer people would have coronavirus if we had shut down the country earlier. He punctuated it by saying there was “push back” to the idea:
Obviously, if we had right from the beginning shut everything down it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.
A full listen to his answers show Dr. Fauci wasn’t aggressively laying blame anywhere, and he repeatedly warned against second guessing. He stated clearly, for example, that comparisons to South Korea were illogical. He admitted that he looks at things from a, “pure health standpoint,” meaning that he doesn’t concern himself with your job or your neighbor’s small business.
But that won’t matter. Cable news will run his word choice for forever: Trump didn’t listen to scientists. Trump didn’t listen to doctors. Trump didn’t want to hurt his precious economy.
That economy has kept millions of Americans healthy – financially and mentally and emotionally. Why shouldn’t it be a part of the larger conversation? And why shouldn’t there be push back, when Dr. Fauci was writing in the New England Journal of Medicine that coronavirus was just a severe case of the flu? It was Dr. Fauci on Newsmax TV saying Americans don’t have to worry about coronavirus. It was the Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, saying your don’t have to wear a mask, only to change course a month later.Read More