Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) defended Dr. Anthony Fauci’s COVID-19 advice after President Donald Trump’s remarks.
The senator also stated that people weren’t doing enough to counteract the spread of the virus.
“Dr. Fauci is one of our country’s most distinguished public servants. He has served 6 presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. If more Americans paid attention to his advice, we’d have fewer cases of COVID-19, & it would be safer to go back to school & back to work & out to eat.”
Dr. Fauci is one of our country’s most distinguished public servants. He has served 6 presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. If more Americans paid attention to his advice, we’d have fewer cases of COVID-19, & it would be safer to go back to school & back to work & out to eat.
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) October 19, 2020
The tweet is a response to President Trump’s criticism of Fauci on Monday. Fauci recently told 60 Minutes that the White House has limited his ability to talk with the media, and that the president equates wearing a mask with weakness. Trump tweeted that Fauci’s perspective was interesting since he “seemed to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope.”
In March, Dr. Fauci stated that healthy Americans didn’t need to wear masks.
“The masks are important for someone who’s infected to prevent them from infecting someone else. Right now, in the United States, people should not be walking around wearing masks. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people ‘feel’ a little bit better, and it might even help block a droplet – but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And often, there are unintended consequences. People keep fiddling with the mask and keep touching their face.”
When asked if these mask-wearing habits could introduce bacteria into the masks, Fauci affirmed. This aligns with the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study which indicated a positive correlation between increased mask wearing and infection rates with either COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses.
Fauci never retracted his first statements on masks. In a later interview, Fauci explained away his earlier professional opinion. He stated that he and other officials were concerned with shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and masks for health care workers.
“No I don’t regret anything I said then because in the context of the time in which I said it, it was correct,” he said. “We were told in our task force meetings that we have a serious problem with the lack of PPEs and masks for health providers who are putting themselves in harm’s way every day to take care of sick people.”
Alsoon Monday, the National Academy of Medicine awarded Fauci the first-ever “Presidential Citation for Exemplary Leadership.” The president didn’t issue the award.
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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].
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