A Stanford epidemiologist believes that Americans on both sides of the political divide should be able to see the flaws apparent in Dr. Anthony Fauci after seeing the load of emails released via public records request last week.
“I think he’s been all over the place on masks,” Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at the Palo Alto, Calif., university said on Fox News Saturday.
“There are emails you can find in the treasure trove of emails that have been released where he acknowledged the virus has been aerosolized.
“Well, the cloth masks people have been recommending, they’re not particularly effective against aerosolized viruses.
“I really don’t understand his back and forth (in some of the emails), and his answer made absolutely no sense.”
Bhattacharya cited a particular email.
It is dated Feb. 4, 2020 – a month before the pandemic hit the U.S. hard — and is part of a conversation with Sylvia Burwell, a former secretary of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama.
Fauci advised against wearing a mask in an airport.
“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material,” he wrote.
“It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep(ing) out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a very low risk location.”
By the end of March 2020, Fauci’s opinion had changed and his emails are reflective of the evolving scientific knowledge in real time.
But Bhattacharya claimed otherwise.
“Yes, you should change your mind when the science changes, what … changed that convinced him that masks are the most effective way?” he asked.
“I think his credibility is entirely shot.”