Fauci Flip Flops on Masks Again, Now Says There Is “No Data” to Support Double Masking
[dropacp]Dr.[/dropcap] Anthony Fauci has seemingly changed his mind on masking again, this time saying evidence that wearing two masks is lacking just days after saying wearing two masks was “common sense.”
From the Post Millennial:
Dr. Anthony Fauci has contradicted himself on his advice for mask wearing practices once again, and is now saying there is “no data that indicates” wearing two masks is better than only wearing one.
“There are many people who feel, if you really want to have an extra little bit of protection, maybe I should put two masks on. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s no data that indicates that that [double masking] is going to make a difference,” Fauci said in a video interview Sunday.
The remarks stand in stark contrast to those he made on NBC just days before, when he called double masking “common sense.”
“So, if you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective,” Fauci said. “That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95.”
As Trump campaign advisor Steve Cortes pointed out, double masking is hardly the first time the infectious disease expert has flip flopped on the question of masks. Fauci initially advised people not to wear masks, then to wear them, then supported double masking, before reversing on double masking.
Fauci said multiple times during the start of the pandemic that wearing masks was not effective at protecting against the coronavirus at all, and advised against the practice entirely.
“People should not be walking around with masks,…there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” Fauci explained in March on an edition of 60 Minutes.
Despite Fauci’s apparent inability to make up his mind on masks, Joe Biden showed no hesitation in keeping the doctor on board as the new administration put together its virus task force. The World Health Organization also wasn’t scared off by the flip flopping expert, announcing earlier this month that he had been added to the organization’s executive board.
Fauci has also been rewarded handsomely for his advice and analysis, raking in a salary of over $400,000, which made him the highest paid employee in the federal government in 2019.