Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed Americans to mask up even when he knew masks weren’t very effective. In a batch of emails recovered and published by Buzzfeed News and the Washington Post through the Freedom of Information Act this week, Fauci confidently responded to inquiries that wearing a mask wasn’t necessarily effective at stopping the spread of the new virus.
“Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection,” he replied to Sylvia Burwell, possibly the same woman who served as former President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary, on Feb. 5, 2020. “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you.”
Fauci’s final recommendation for Burwell