Quick bit: This is a very interesting op-ed.
On Monday, two university doctors penned an op-ed that explores “How Fauci Fooled America,” claiming that the top COVID doctor got it wrong on everything from natural immunity to masks during the pandemic.
The column appeared in Newsweek and was authored by Martin Kulldorff, Ph.D., who is an epidemiologist, biostatistician, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Jay Bhattacharya, MD, Ph.D., who is a Professor of Health Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Kulldorf And Bhattacharya On Fauci: ‘Reality And Scientific Studies Have Now Caught Up With Him’
The doctors say that it was understandable why so many leaders and Americans would listen to why Dr. Anthony Fauci when the pandemic began, but now say the evidence of what has unfolded during the runs counter to his advice.
The doctor duo wrote, “When the pandemic hit, America needed someone to turn to for advice. The media and public naturally looked to Dr. Anthony Fauci–the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an esteemed laboratory immunologist and one of President Donald Trump’s chosen COVID advisers.”
“Unfortunately, Dr. Fauci got major epidemiology and public health questions wrong. Reality and scientific studies have now caught up with him,” Kulldorf and Bhattacharya wrote.
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The Harvard and Stanford doctors, respectfully, then went through each issue they believe Fauci got wrong.
On natural immunity, they wrote that “By pushing vaccine mandates, Dr. Fauci ignores naturally acquired immunity among the COVID-recovered, of which there are more than 45 million in the United States.”
“Mounting evidence indicates that natural immunity is stronger and longer lasting than vaccine-induced immunity” the doctors insisted.
On protecting the elderly: “While anyone can get infected, there is more than a thousand-fold difference in mortality risk between the old and the young. After more than 700,000 reported COVID deaths in America, we now know that lockdowns failed to protect high-risk older people.”
“When confronted with the idea of focused protection of the vulnerable, Dr. Fauci admitted he had no idea how to accomplish it, arguing that it would be impossible,” the doctors noted.
“That may be understandable for a lab scientist, but public health scientists have presented many concrete suggestions that would have helped, had Fauci and other officials not ignored them,” they noted.
Schools and masks
On school and school closings, the doctors claimed that “Schools are major transmission points for influenza, but not for COVID.”
On masks for children and adults, they said, “The gold standard of medical research is randomized trials, and there have now been two on COVID masks for adults.”
“For children, there is no solid scientific evidence that masks work,” the doctors claimed. “A Danish study found no statistically significant difference between masking and not masking when it came to coronavirus infection.”
Both doctors are Senior Scholars at the newly formed Brownstone Institute, the mission statement of which claims, “Lockdowns have set a precedent in the modern world and without accountability, social and economic institutions will be shattered once again. Brownstone Institute is essential in preventing the recurrence of lockdowns by holding decision makers intellectually to account.”
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