Dr. Anthony Fauci, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, mentioned during an interview with MarketWatch that young people are “becoming part of the problem.” Fauci claimed that experts “don’t know exactly” how effective masks are in lessening the likelihood of transmission of the coronavirus.
“You don’t realize, probably innocently, that you are inadvertently propagating the outbreak. You are becoming part of the problem because, even if you get infected without any symptoms, it is likely that you are going to infect someone else,” Fauci said of young people, contending that it is their “duty and your civic responsibility” to follow the rules.
“Sooner or later, a vulnerable person gets infected and gets seriously ill. You should realize that it is your duty and your civic responsibility: You could be hurting someone else. That’s a tough message to get because some young people feel completely invulnerable,” he continued.
Fauci said in terms of a percentage, “Your guess is as good as any: 50 percent to 75 percent or 80 percent is probably correct.”
A May study in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era,” stated:
“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection.”
The study suggested, more than once, that universal masking policies may provide more of a psychological benefit than a practical one.
“There may be additional benefits to broad masking policies that extend beyond their technical contribution to reducing pathogen transmission,” the Journal stated.
“Masks are visible reminders of an otherwise invisible yet widely prevalent pathogen and may remind people of the importance of social distancing and other infection-control measures,” it continued, stating that masks serve as “symbolic roles.” It also referred to them as “talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals” and stated that “such reactions may not be strictly logical.”
Then, miraculously in June the Journal issued another update claiming that the “intent of [their] article was to push for more masking, not less.”
I know from the image below I don’t think Fauci’s mask was working so well.
And there’s Dr. Anthony Fauci showing us all he knows exactly how well masks work! Thanks for the lesson, doc. pic.twitter.com/jdHPzq5HfB
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 24, 2020