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Chief White House Medical Adviser dr. Anthony Faucic said this week the country may never know if the coronavirus lockdowns were “worth it”.
“You know, I don’t think we’ll ever be able to determine what the right balance is,” Fauci told BBC’s Sunday morning when asked whether lockdowns were “worth it” or “too severe”.
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“I think the restrictions — if you want to use that word, which I usually shy away from, lockdown — they certainly prevented a lot of infections, prevented a lot of hospitalizations and a lot of deaths. There’s no question about that,” Fauci added. to.
Fauci did acknowledge that lockdowns had “unintended negative consequences”, especially when it comes to children who were unable to attend school.
Fauci’s statement was criticized on Twitter by conservatives who spoke out about opposition to lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions.
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“They weren’t,” Knox County Tennessee mayor and WWE star Glenn Jacobs tweeted.
“I don’t think we’ll ever be able to determine,” tweeted Abigail Marone, press secretary for Republican Senator Josh Hawley.
“Um… yes we will,” tweeted author and former gymnast Jennifer Sey.
“Progress!” Stanford University professor Dr Jay Bhattacharya tweeted. “First time I hear Dr Fauci admit there is no damage at all from the lockdown. Even the blind will see. In the end.’
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Fauci’s comment comes after a multiplicity of studies both during the coronavirus pandemic and since have suggested that coronavirus lockdowns have failed to stop the spread of the coronavirus and in some cases have done more harm than good.
A study of Johns Hopkins University concluded earlier this year that lockdowns during the first coronavirus wave in the spring of 2020 only reduced COVID-19 deaths in the US by 0.2% and Europe†
“While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no audience, Health effects, they have huge economic and social costs where they have been adopted,” the researchers wrote. “As a result, the lockdown policy is unfounded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy tool.”
In the same BBC interview, Fauci suggested that in the future Americans should be prepared for more coronavirus restrictions to fight new variants.
“I don’t want to use the word ‘lockdowns’. That has a loaded element. But I believe we need to watch the pattern of what we see with infections†Fauci said. “That said, we need to be prepared for the possibility that another variant would come. And then, if things change and we get a variant that gives us an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations, we need to be prepared and flexible enough to return – at least temporarily – to a more rigid kind of restraint, such as needing masks indoors.”