Vaunted virus expert draws blank over street protests
Friday, July 31, 2020
Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)
After suggesting that people should wear eye protection to help prevent catching COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci was pressed days later about protesters filling the streets but brazenly shrugged off the issue.
“I’m not in a position to determine,” he insisted, “what the government can do in a forceful way.”
Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, is the most visible member of the White House pandemic task force. He has also gained national attention as the media’s go-to expert on the virus, and how doctors should fight it and how the public can protect itself from catching it.
In a Wednesday, June 29 interview with ABC News, the infectious disease expert was asked if eye protection would be recommended soon along with the current push for face masks.
“It might,” he replied, “if you really want perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces.”
Mucosa is moist tissue that lines the mouth, lungs, and also the eyelids, so Fauci suggested people should use eye protection “if you really want to be complete.”
Medical experts say wearing a mask prevents spreading the virus to others. But the issue has become a contentious and controversial issue for much of the public, including those who demand others wear them or those who refuse to do so.
Meanwhile, Fauci recently attended a Washington Nationals baseball game where he was photographed with his own mask dangling off his chin.
"For him to say now we have to wear goggles and a facemask is the height of audacity,” observes AFR radio host Sandy Rios. "Dr. Fauci is a very dangerous, little smiling man.”
At the Friday hearing before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) pointed out that tens of thousands of people have been protesting, and sometimes rioting, in the streets.
Fauci agreed with Jordan that such crowds help spread the virus but insisted he was not qualified to make a recommendation about government stopping the protests to protect the public.
“Should government limit the protesting?” Jordan demanded.
“I-I-I don’t think that’s relevant,” he told Jordan, adding he was “in no position” to comment on that issue.
“Well, you make all kinds of recommendations,” Jordan retorted. “You make comments on dating, on baseball, and everything you can imagine.”
Jordan pointed out that people are being preventing from attending church, and he asked Fauci again about the protests, but the medical expert did not directly answer the question.
"I think [Fauci] is seriously trying to undermine the United states of America and also makes some money for himself on the vaccine," says Rios. "I'm not listening to him. I hope no one else is."
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