As the Floyd protests have begun to wind down, we hear renewed calls for mask-wearing and social distancing today…
Wear your masks
During the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force press conference today Dr. Fauci renewed calls for mask-wearing and social distancing – saying you have a “societal responsibility.” This echoed former Vice President Joe Biden’s public comments yesterday on the importance of mask-wearing.
A number of articles have been written on the changing content of Dr. Fauci’s guidance regarding coronavirus issues. He was called out on Twitter today regarding his renewed call for mask-wearing. “For three weeks as #BLM (Black Lives Matter) rioted, Fauci said nothing. (about masks or social distancing)”
However, Fauci’s stance on mask-wearing has also “evolved” and changed. He initially stated as did the World Health Organization (WHO), that mask-wearing in a public setting “has no appreciable effect in preventing the spread of disease.” However, he now says that it helps minimize the spread of COVID-19.
As reported previously in AND Magazine, the NEJM published a report on 21 May stating that “the chance of catching COVID-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal” and noted that “the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.“
How deadly is the coronavirus?
In March, Fauci testified before Congress that the coronavirus is ten times more lethal than the seasonal flu. Now he’s been caught telling the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), that the “case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%.” As Just The News reported, Fauci stated in the NEJM on 26 March that “This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of COVID-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.”
On 27 March, Fauci appeared on Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah show and repeated that COVID-19 is about 10 times more lethal than the flu. A Stanford researcher claims that the actual COVID-19 fatality rate is closer to .04%.
How do Trump’s rallies affect this narrative?
The media has been pushing the narrative that Trump’s rallies, Tulsa in particular, were going to create a surge in coronavirus cases. However, they are quick to report any information which suggests that the nationwide public riots and demonstrations did not result in any jump in coronavirus cases. Do the two groups get equal treatment? You decide. A federal judge just decided in the case of New York’s Governor Cuomo and New York City’s Mayor de Blasio that religious groups did not get equal protection under the First Amendment as they applied protective coronavirus measures unfairly to religious groups.