Fauci: COVID Death Toll of 500,000 Due to Politicizing Mask-Wearing
Infectious disease expert blames politics on coronavirus deaths
Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed the coronavirus death toll reached 500,000 because mask-wearing in the U.S. had been politicized.
Fauci told Reuters that the "stunning" number was due to mask-wearing becoming a political statement.
"Even under the best of circumstances, this would have a been very serious problem," Fauci said.
Fauci also acknowledged other nations like Germany and the United Kingdom were decimated by the virus despite greater public compliance with measures.
"However, that does not explain how a rich and sophisticated county can have the most percentage of deaths and be the hardest-hit country in the world."
The infectious disease expert added it "incomprehensible" to him that some governors and mayors ignored the coronavirus task force's recommendations for reopening last year following lockdowns in the spring.
"When the American spirit is so divided, that really, really made me sad," Fauci said.
Fauci admitted that the struggles combating the coronavirus could not be all blamed on Donald Trump.
"The lack of involvement at the very top of the leadership in trying to do everything that was science-based was clearly detrimental to the effort."
But Facui's mixed and inconsistent messaging has caused many to disregard his advice.
The health expert first advised Americans not to wear masks at the beginning of the pandemic.
Almost a year later, he was telling people to wear two masks.
Fauci called double masking "common sense" during NBC's "Today" show.
Earlier this month, Joe Biden signed a new executive order to target travelers caught without masks and will hit "offenders" with large fines and possible "criminal penalties."
It requires face masks to be worn at airports, as well as traveling on commercial aircraft, trains, public maritime vessels, ferries, and intercity buses.
Infectious disease expert, Michael Osterholm, said that wearing two face masks to protect against the coronavirus may increase the chances of contracting the virus.
"When we talk about double masking, remember what we're really talking about is just trying to prevent the virus from being excreted by me into the air or me inhaling the virus from someone else in the air, and it's both a function of face fit and face filtration," Osterholm said.
"Think about your swim goggles."
"When's the last time anybody leaked at the lenses? They leak at the fit," Osterholm began.
"So, what we're concerned about is that many of these face cloth coverings do have already compromised fit or filtration capacity," he continued.