Washington DC – according to reportsIn February 2020, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said store-bought face masks were not effective against the COVID-19 pandemic and even told anyone preparing to travel Don’t even bother wearing it.
During the pandemic, Fauci has received criticism for his fluctuating position on wearing a mask; Speaking to NBC in January, he also noted that double-masking “Just makes common sense.”
The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News recently obtained several emails related to Fauci through the Freedom of Information Act, containing previously unknown information about the onset of COVID-19.
One email in particular stood out; On February 5, 2020, Fauci responded to an inquiry sent about Sylvia Burwell, the former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama, seeking advice on wearing a face mask while traveling. In response, Fauci essentially told her not to bother wearing one.
“Masks are really for the infected, preventing the infected from spreading the infection to the infected, rather than protecting them from the infection,” he said. “The typical mask you buy at the drugstore is not really effective at keeping out the virus, which is small enough for the material to pass through. However, if someone coughs or sneezes on you it may provide some minor benefit in keeping out the gross droplets. “
“I don’t recommend you wear a mask, especially since you’re going to a very low-risk location,” Fauci said.
As time has passed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has evolved its stance on wearing masks as more information has been discovered about the pandemic; Recently, the CDC said that fully vaccinated people can go without a mask in most indoor and outdoor situations, but Fauci has said that it “There is no mandate to take off your mask.”
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