Fauci Struggles to Explain Why Texas COVID Cases Dropping Despite Lifted Restrictions
'I’m not really quite sure. It could be they’re doing things outdoors'
Dr. Anthony Fauci could not explain why coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continued to plummet in Texas despite the state lifting its restrictions almost a month ago.
Speaking during an interview on MSNBC, Fauci said he was “not really sure” why the fall in cases is continuing in Texas.
He then offered a feeble reason that it could be because “people are doing things outdoors.”
Dr. Fauci on Texas Covid cases dropping despite ignoring his advice on masks/social distancing: "It can be confusing, because … often you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect ... I’m not really quite sure. It could be they’re doing things outdoors" pic.twitter.com/yuFEPoE2BV— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 6, 2021
Host Joe Scarborough noted that bars and restaurants look pre-pandemic since Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopened the state last month.
He also noted the cases and hospitalizations have continued to fall.
“It can be confusing because you may see a lag and a delay because often, you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect of what you’re doing right now,” Fauci replied.
“There are a lot of things that go into that, I mean when you say that they’ve had a lot of activity on the outside, like ball games."
"I’m not really quite sure. It could be they’re doing things outdoors.”
Fauci argued that it was important to see the trends over a longer time period.
He then added it could take several weeks to see cases start to climb again.
“You know it’s very difficult to just one on one compare that,” he said.
“You just have to see in the long-range.
"I hope they continue to tick down, if they do, that would be great."
"But there’s always the concern when you pull back on methods, particularly things like indoor dining and bars that are crowded, you can see a delay and then all of the sudden tick back up.”
“We’ve been fooled before by situations where people begin to open up, nothing happens, and then all of the sudden several weeks later, things start exploding on you,” Fauci continued.
“So we have to be careful we don’t prematurely judge that.”
In January, Fauci predicted it would take until the fall of 2021 before things get back to normal, and Texas is going against his theory.
“If we do it correctly, hopefully, as we get into the end of the summer, the beginning of the fall of 2021, we can start to approach some degree of normality,” he said at the time.
Fauci has also failed to criticize Joe Biden for the influx of COVID-positive illegal aliens into the United States.
As AL.com reported, Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks joined other Republican lawmakers calling on Fauci to use his influence to stop “a dangerous new foreign pipeline for COVID-19” along America’s Mexican border.
“Hundreds of illegal immigrants” have been released at the border “on nothing more than a promise to appear at a future hearing,” the letter said.
The releases are happening with no testing or quarantine measures “despite the face that Mexico now has the highest per capita COVID fatality rate in Latin America,” the letter said.
Fauci said he found such swipes from Republicans "a little bizarre."
"I’ve become sort of, for some reason or another, a symbol of anything they don't like" as it relates to coronavirus, the health expert said.