Over the past few weeks, a growing number of Americans have started to feel that the United States may have made a mistake with the lockdown measures that were taken due to COVID-19 in the past year.
While appearing on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on Monday, however, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci attempted to claim that the U.S. actually did not make a mistake when it came to these lockdowns.
“If you’re studying the data, have you led to any conclusion on lockdowns?” asked host Hugh Hewitt. “Because we have some states like California that went in hard for lockdowns, they’re not doing any better, indeed, they might be doing worse than Florida, which did not go in for lockdowns at all.”
“So, the sunk costs on lockdown are enormous and prevent people from dealing with it objectively,” he continued. “But you understand sunk costs. Did we make mistakes on lockdowns?”
“You know, Hugh, I don’t think so,” Fauci replied. “I think the lockdown situation is really very complicated. Because there have been some states that said they locked down, and when you look at the actual tracking them on GPSs about how much they locked down, it isn’t nearly as much as was claimed.”
“In fact, they did a comparison of the European lockdown versus the United States lockdown, and they did it by GPS, how many people go to the stores, how many people go to the parks,” he added. “And when Europe locked down, they locked down a heck of a [lot] more strictly than we did.”
“And it has efficacy? You believe it worked?” asked Hewitt
“Yes, it does,” said Fauci. “I mean, it has efficacy in suppressing the outbreak, but it also, as you say, and I agree, has significant economic consequences.”
This comes days after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that there was “not a great deal of evidence” that mask mandates and lockdowns actually did anything to help the coronavirus situation in this country.
“If you look at all the mask mandates throughout the country, when we instituted the mask mandates, the incidence of the disease went up, particularly in December and January. As we went up exponentially, as a rise in infections occurred, everybody was wearing masks,” Paul said.
“So, there’s not a great deal of evidence that mask mandates or economic lockdowns have changed the trajectory,” he added. “The only thing that’s changing the trajectory is the vaccine.”
This piece was written by James Samson on March 23, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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