THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an email last year that face masks aren’t needed unless an individual was sick and that the coronavirus was able to pass through personal face masks easily.
Fauci wrote in February 2020:
“Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading [an] infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.
“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out [the] virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in [keeping] out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you.”
The country’s leading infectious disease expert ultimately did not recommend she wear a face mask.
“I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a [very] low-risk location. Your instincts are correct, money is best spent on medical countermeasures such as diagnostics and vaccines.”
“Safe travels,” he added, at a time when government officials were urging states to limit travel.
The correspondence, which was released to the public on Tuesday, sparked backlash on social media.
“It was always about politics. Not the science,” Republican Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted.
The email was shared online after BuzzFeed News published more than 3,200 pages of Fauci’s emails … Click here to read more.