“We’ve had practically a nonexistent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19,” Fauci told NBC.
Many respiratory diseases like the flu decreased substantially this year due to the unprecedented actions of both state governments and the federal government, though at a great expense to the liberty of Americans.
He added that it is “conceivable” that during seasons prone to the spreading of respiratory illness, people might decide in the next year or two to wear masks to slow the spread of disease.
Fauci, who has inexplicably changed his opinion regarding the appropriate response to the virus on several occasions, famously claimed at first that masks were unnecessary and could do very little to slow the virus’s spread.
He has since reversed his opinion, and now claims that it is just “common sense” to wear even two masks.
In the interview, Dr. Fauci also added that, thanks to vaccinations, we are through the “worst” of the virus, so long as we “handle well” any spikes in the near future, by which he presumably by government lock downs and restrictions.
Fauci made his statement amid much criticism from Republicans, who have attacked him with increasing frequency, especially on mask issues.
Fauci has also flip-flopped on the effectiveness of masks on several occasions, including his recent suggestion that children now wear masks while playing together.
His comments on the possibility of continued mask use also come amid the CDC’s rollback of prior mask mandates.