The country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is catching a whole lot of heat after a photograph taken of him without his mask on at the Washington Nationals season opener went viral. Critics have been taking him to the woodshed over this, seeing as how he’s the guy who has pretty much been ramming the mask idea to stop the spread of COVID-19 straight down our throats.
Fauci made an appearance on Fox News where he explained the photo was taken while he had his mask down to get a drink and that people were making a big deal out of nothing.
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
One person in the photo was his wife, and “the other person is a very close friend of mine,” Fauci said.
“I think this is sort of mischievous with this thing going around,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases added. “I had my mask around my chin, I had taken it down, I was totally dehydrated, and I was drinking water trying to rehydrate myself.”
Fauci also said he had been tested for the coronavirus a day earlier.
“To pull it down to take some sips of water and put it back up again, I guess if people want to make something about that, they can. But to me, I think that’s just mischievous,” he said.
It’s easy to understand why folks are giving him a hard time. Many of the blunders we’ve experienced in the handling of the coronavirus can be traced back to information he produced and pushed out to the masses.
On top of that, his recommendation about masks has a lot to do with why so many governors and mayors have moved forward with mask mandates, despite the fact there’s little in the way of evidential support for their effectiveness.
Many are worried that mask mandates will lead to justification of mail-in voting, which leaves the 2020 election vulnerable to voter fraud and results tampering.
Here’s to hoping none of the above actually comes to pass.