“Follow the Science”
That’s right. It is now reported that six feet of social distancing was made up. The BS being slung our way had no SB (scientific basis).
Dr. Anthony Fauci never had trouble speaking his mind, but now with government in his rearview mirror, he is acknowledging some truths about government policies and Covid. For example, six feet of social distancing “sort of just appeared” without a solid scientific basis, reports the WSJ.
It’s not news that the six-feet rule lacked scientific rhyme or reason. A BMJ article in August 2020 explained as much. It noted that the virus’s transmissibility depends on many factors, including ventilation, the host’s viral load and symptoms, and the duration of exposure, among other things.
Officials nonetheless promoted the arbitrary rule because they didn’t trust Americans to understand scientific nuance or, for that matter, anything. Businesses, churches, and schools that weren’t forced to close had to spend money reconfiguring their operations to comply with these government guidelines.
During a two-day closed-door testimony to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, Dr. Fauci confessed that the rule lacked a scientific basis. He and other officials didn’t want to acknowledge this “lest the public question other Covid nostrums.”
Big Brother Baloney
Dr. Fauci also told the House that vaccine mandates “could increase vaccine hesitancy in the future,” which is exactly the warning from the WSJ when President Biden imposed his vaccine mandates. Dr. Fauci insisted that “making life difficult for unvaccinated Americans would compel them to fall into line.”
Officials effectively forced businesses and schools to close by making it exceedingly burdensome to stay open, all the while dodging responsibility.
“Show me a school that I shut down and show me a factory that I shut down,” Dr. Fauci told the (NYT) last April. “Never. I never did. I gave a public-health recommendation that echoed the C.D.C.’s recommendation, and people made a decision based on that.”
How to Control the Masses
Being humble was never Dr. Fauci’s strong suit.
(Fauci) knows his recommendations, backed by a conformist press, put pressure on politicians to agree with him.
Government lockdowns caused enormous economic and social damage that may never be made up. It will also be hard for health officials to recoup the public trust they squandered with their hubris and prevarications.