Why were some officials, including the President, (including me). downplaying the virus in the early months of this year? Because they were listening to Dr. Fauci. Here is what he was saying, publicly and privately, then:
At the end of January, he was telling everyone not to worry, the virus wouldn't come here.
Through February he kept saying there was no need to change our behavior or do anything differently.
In early March, he told people to go to the movies, said it was safe to take a cruise.
In March he told people not to wear Masks, that there was no reason to. Imagine if only we had all started wearing masks then, how much of the enormous spread that followed could have been avoided. Take a look at Dr. Fauci's very bad advice in the second week of March:
On January 21st he said “Americans Don't Need To Worry About Coronavirus:
Dr. Fauci says he warned Trump in January that the US was in real trouble but that is not what he was saying at the time. In January Dr. Anthony Fauci told Newsmax TV and other networks that the United States “did not have to worry”about the coronavirus and that it was“not a major threat.”
Dr. Fauci warned of an apocalyptic coronavirus pandemic — then just weeks later hecompared the coronavirus to a bad flu.
Dr. Fauci said on February 8th: 'Danger of getting coronavirus now is just minisculely low':
Dr. Anthony Fauci on February 29th tells the Today Show that there is NO NEED for the public to change their behavior over concern for Coronavirus:
On March 9th, Dr. Anthony Fauci recommends taking a cruise, tells Forbes Magazine that if you’re healthy, cruise ships are safe:
There are many, many more examples. I learned the hard way to stop listening to him.