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Fauci on Wearing Masks: Listen to Me and Ignore the Science

Stick a fork in Anthony Fauci. He’s finally done.

Fauci got skewered on — of all places — CNN, when the host of the show Michael Smerconish quoted extensively from the most comprehensive study on masks – which found: “There is just no evidence that they make any difference. Full stop.”

Fauci was cornered, so instead of admitting he was wrong about the imperative of wearing masks, he pathetically replied: “When you’re talking about the effect on the epidemic or the pandemic as a whole, the data are less strong… but when you talk about an individual basis of someone protecting themselves or protecting themselves from spreading it to others, there’s no doubt that there are many studies that show there is an advantage.”

Dr. Tom Jefferson, the Oxford professor who is the lead author of the Cochrane review, fired back:

“So, Fauci is saying that masks work for individuals but not at a population level? That simply doesn’t make sense,” said Jefferson.

“And he says there are ‘other studies’…but what studies? He doesn’t name them so I cannot interpret his remarks without knowing what he is referring to,” he added.

Jefferson explains that the entire point of the Cochrane review was to systematically sift through all the available randomised data on physical interventions such as masks and determine what was useful and what was not.

“It might be that Fauci is relying on trash studies,” said Jefferson. “Many of them are observational, some are cross-sectional, and some actually use modelling. That is not strong evidence.”

“Once we excluded such low-quality studies from the review, we concluded there was no evidence that masks reduced transmission,” he added.

Our view: If people want to wear masks because it makes them feel safer or because they like to virtue signal, fine. It’s a free country.

But for three years now, Fauci’s been an actor playing the part of a health expert on TV. He’s duped a lot of Americans with his bad advice. He needs to apologize to America and then go away forever.

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