Dr. Fauci was initially opposed to mask-wearing when the pandemic started to spread across the United States, full transcripts from an ongoing deposition regarding social media censorship reveals.
The deposition found that, attorney D. John Sauer showed an email from Sylvia Burnwell, the former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, where Fauci was asked if people should be wearing masks at the airport.
Dr. Fauci says he changed his mind about masks and supported the universal masking recommendation on April 2nd. But on March 31st he was passing around info on how masks are NOT effective. He did not cite a single study in support of masking nor remember anyone he spoke to abt it pic.twitter.com/7NXOFLb0of
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) December 5, 2022
“Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected, rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection,” the email stated. “The typical mask you buy in the drugstore is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keeping out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you’re going to a low risk location.”
When asked by Sauer if Fauci remembered making the recommendation, he said “I don’t recall. I mean, these things — thousands of things happen. If you show me an e-mail that has my name and the proper identification and I said that, I would not argue with you. It would not be out of the question that at that time in the outbreak, I would have said that.”
Sauer said that Fauci recommended against masks in the early months leading up to the pandemic.
“In the very early months prior to our understanding of the virus and its modality of transmission, I, the surgeon general, and the CDC were not recommending masks for people for three reasons,” he said.
Here’s Fauci’s detailed evidences for why he suddenly became a staunch advocate for public masking, after previously (and correctly) pointing out public masking doesn’t work. pic.twitter.com/y7Ny4budcw
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Fauci then said that the reason behind this was that masks were in short supply and that a run on masks could be detrimental to hospitals and healthcare works, and “there was no evidence at the time or any studies that showed outside of the medical environment… that masks actually worked in protecting transmission or acquisition,” and “we were not aware at the time that 50 to 60 percent of the transmission occur from someone who is without symptoms.”
The deposition comes as a part of a lawsuit by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who said earlier this year that key figures in the Biden regime, including the president himself, “have colluded with and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content ‘dis-information,’ ‘mis-information,’ and ‘mal-information.'”