Throughout the covid-19 pandemic, Americans have had the unfortunate luck of having Dr. Anthony Fauci as the country’s “expert.”
Undoubtedly, Fauci has decades of experience and as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), he wields a lot of power and influence over whatever direction the country takes in response to a pandemic.
What would be nice, however, is if Fauci could make up his mind about protocols around covid. He has done nothing but flip flop since the very beginning and yet more evidence has emerged, confirming this.
A recently revealed leaked email, showed that Fauci had flagged an article last year, that denounced social distancing measures, put in place to allegedly curb the spread of covid.
The article in question, was an op-ed by Dr. Vinay Prasad of the University of California and political science professor Vladimir Kroger of Ohio State University.
Published in STAT News – the op-ed argued that it is politics, not science, that was behind the motivation to delay the reopening of schools and implementing social distancing once they did reopen.
Fauci’s chief of staff, Greg Folkers at the NIAID, informed Fauci of the op-ed and this caused Fauci to contact Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“You probably have already seen this. But just in case, you should be aware of it,” wrote Fauci.
Fauci highlighted several paragraphs of the price, one section stating: “Schools should decide whether to open based on community transmission and students should strive to be spaced six feet apart aren’t supported by science.”
“These two demands will keep schools closed much longer than necessary, harming kids,” Prasad and Kogan wrote.
They went on to question the color-coded system put in place by the CDC, which determined what schools could open fully or remain closed. The pair noted that the “red” category set by the CDC, is characterized by having more than 100 covid cases per 100,000 people per week.
“By this metric, more than 90 percent of the country is currently in the most restrictive tier – ruling out full-time, in-person learning for elementary-aged students and any sort of in-person school for older children without screening tests. Yet many schools in such communities already have in-person schools, and have done so for months, without issue.”
The op-ed authors pointed out that new research and evidence argues against the 6 foot social distancing rules and that the CDC guidance is based on “decades-old research.”
“First, it is increasingly clear that transmission of COVID-19 is not explained by the droplet mode – the idea that bigger drops of secretion fall in the first few feet around someone. Second, a meta-analysis on COVID-19 and other closely related coronaviruses showed that the benefits of increasing the distance from three to six feet is marginal in contexts where the risk of infection is low, as would be the case in a classroom with universal masking.”
Kroger and Prasad also added that social distancing guidelines from the CDC “will work to provide cover for interest groups and districts that want to delay in-person learning.”
The Brooking Institute, which holds strong liberal views, was forced to admit that partisan politics and teachers unions played a huge role in whether or not schools reopened.
Prasad and Kroger concluded that the CDC only confused the situation instead of “moving the ball forward on [President Joe] Biden’s goal of getting elementary and middle schools reopened as soon as possible.”