Over the last year, the name "Dr. Fauci" has become almost a household phrase in the U.S. – but it appears the chief medical advisor to the White House may be moving toward being somewhat unwelcome due to inconsistent medical advice.
Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured) – the Biden administration's go-to spokesman on such things as school and business re-openings and lockdowns – is being roundly criticized for mixed messaging regarding facemasks. On Sunday, he stated on CNN that it's "possible" Americans will still be wearing masks in 2022 to protect against COVID-19.
It was around this time last year that Fauci told USA Today that people should skip masks and wash their hands. He later changed course, not only recommending masks but goggles as well. In January, Fauci said double-masking made sense.
"I'm not sure why Dr. Fauci is saying the things that he is saying because there is no science behind this," says Twila Brase, RN and president/co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. "This is just keeping people in a fearful state."
Brase points out that states with mask mandates still saw an increase in cases and fatalities.
"It didn't matter because this is not a virus that can be stopped by a mask," Brase continues. "So, the idea that he's telling us that we have to wear them for the rest of the year and into 2022? … It's mind-boggling that he would even say such a thing."
The CCHF founder recalls that Joe Biden told the public that 100 days of masking would be sufficient. Her advice to the president?
"President Biden would do well to listen to someone else, to look at the actual science, [and to acknowledge] that there is no direct evidence that masking works," she tells One News Now. "Biden should be listening to someone else than Dr. Fauci."
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), while a bit more subtle than Brase, has similar misgivings about Fauci's offerings. The GOP lawmaker told Fox News Fauci is a "very good public-health official" whose job is to "advise policy makers and inform the public."
"But his job is NOT to decide what we can do, where we can go or which places can open or close," added Rubio. "And his job is NOT to mislead or scare us into doing the 'right things.'"