Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said this week that Americans should wear two masks instead of just one to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19, claiming without evidence that doing so “makes common sense.”
During an interview with NBC News, Fauci was asked whether double-masking would make a difference.
“It likely does,” he said. “I mean, this is a physical covering to prevent droplets and virus to get in. So if you have a physical covering with one layer, and you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective.”
This time last year, Fauci advised Americans against wearing masks at all, saying they would be ineffective at stopping the spread of the virus for anyone who was not already sick.
“When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel better… but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think it is.” -Dr. Fauci, March 2020
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 27, 2021
But now he and several other “public health experts” are trying to force Americans to wear not just one, but two or three masks at a time.
I thought it was a parody. Nope… it’s real. pic.twitter.com/ExawCs10Q1
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) January 27, 2021
Critics were quick to point out how ridiculous this new advisory is:
I personally will be wearing 100 masks for 100% efficiency.
Can’t die of COVID if you suffocate yourself to death instead 😎 https://t.co/7RGcd9LgqR
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) January 27, 2021
Can we just jump ahead to the part where the brain gets no oxygen? https://t.co/NGazaRoppI
— JoelHeyman (@JoelHeyman) January 27, 2021
Umm, is suffocation an issue at all? Asking for a friend. https://t.co/EnIwTBAxmT
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) January 27, 2021