Six Months Into Virus, Fauci and Birx Now Both Are Making New Recommendations

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has faced a lot of criticism for shifting and evolving statements on the efficacy of wearing a mask to help fight the Wuhan coronavirus.

Here he is in March:

That of course evolved to: wear a mask to protect people.

He was at it again during an interview with ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton about the advisability of wearing not just a mask but also a face shield or goggles.

From NY Post:

When asked if eye protection will become a formal recommendation at some point, he said, “It might, if you really want perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces.” […]

“You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye,” he said. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it.”

He added that while goggles and eye or face shields are “not universally recommended” at this time, “if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.”

Let’s review. In March, he discouraged wearing masks, saying that they really wouldn’t provide much protection although they might make people feel better. Then he said that he said that at that time because he was concerned about there being a mask shortage. Now, suddenly for complete protection, six months into this, it occurs to him that you should wear a face shield or goggles? Seriously?

Fauci wasn’t the only one suddenly suggesting this new line, Dr. Deborah Birx was behind it too.

From The Hill:

Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, is recommending the use of face shields along with masks to protect against COVID-19 infection.

Face shields can offer more protection to the wearer than cloth face coverings, which are intended to prevent asymptomatic individuals from spreading coronavirus to others.

“The mask protects others, to block those droplets and block that contamination that happens when you speak or sing or talk, or even breathe,” Birx said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning.

“The thing about the face shields — we think that could protect the individuals and that it would decrease the ability for them to touch their eyes and spread the virus as well as those droplets coming towards them. So there are two different technologies for two different reasons.”

So why are we hearing this now? Reading between the lines, sounds like they believe there are cases that are due to people touching eyes and face because of wearing the cloth masks which she implicitly admits aren’t really to protect you, but to protect others from you if you have it and are asymptomatic.

At this point Americans are frustrated with the ever-changing line. Yes, if we stayed in a bubble forever, no one would ever get anything. But that isn’t practical. The focus needs to be on those most at risk.

Obviously, Fauci, who is 79, isn’t concerned about catching anything through the eye because he never wears a face shield.

You don’t say?