Texas Lt. Gov. to Dr. Fauci: You’re wrong every time, on every issue
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that he’s had quite enough advice from infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci after Fauci claimed that Texas has skipped certain precautions in reopening from the coronavirus lockdown.
Fauci made the remarks while testifying before a Senate committee which has some Democrat members trying to blame the pandemic on President Trump.
“The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him,” Patrick told Laura Ingraham on Fox News. “He has been wrong every time, on every issue. I don’t need his advice anymore. We’ll listen to a lot of science, we’ll listen to a lot of doctors, and [Gov. Greg Abbott], myself and other state leaders will make the decision. No thank you, Dr. Fauci.”
Fauci has been slammed by conservatives for over-politicizing the virus response and for seeking to evade responsibility for the outbreak in the U.S. He has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, which is the primary federal department responsible for COVID strategy.
Presumably, he’s been working on an epidemic strategy for 36 years and should have more answers, say critics.
Many feel that the total lockdown of the U.S. economy was a mistake, as too costly in terms of jobs and the economy, which are primary drivers of health. Fauci also has waffled on the severity of the outbreak and on whether masks are effective or not in preventing the spread of the virus.
The U.S. saw an uptick in reported cases of COVID-19 in June, half of which are now coming from adults under age 35. The uptick has caused some states, like Texas, to slow the reopening of their economy.
“Half of the new COVID-19 cases detected in recent weeks have been in adults under 35, Vice President Mike Pence said today during a press conference held by the White House coronavirus task force,” reports Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
That’s important because the fatality rates are much lower for COVID patients under 44 years of age. “Of the last 15,000 deaths from COVID-19, only 3.9 percent were under the ages of 44-years-old, the same group that is now spreading it in Texas,” Dr. Marc Siegel told Tucker Carlson on Fox, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control statistics.
In his testimony, Fauci was once against inconsistent, saying that following the federal guidelines that he created for reopening from COVID didn’t necessarily lead to lower COVID infection totals according to an account reported by The Hill.
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