Saturday, July 16, 2022

Uh-oh, he’s back: Fauci is once again spouting bad COVID advice; Fauci returns after COVID battle to urge masks and boosters as cases surge, and other C-Virus related stories

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Uh-oh, he’s back: Fauci is once again spouting bad COVID advice:
Controversial ex-COVID czar Anthony Fauci reemerged this week to urge that, because of rising infection rates, we consider a return to comprehensive masking protocols. That’s bad health-care policy, because it doesn’t follow the science. No wonder nobody’s listening to Dr. Fauci.
Let’s face it: public-health messaging and open, honest debate haven’t been the Good Doctor’s strong suits. He’s the wrong man, at the wrong time, with the wrong advice. But the big problem is a misunderstanding of what’s actually going on.
Following large-scale vaccination efforts and the introduction of the various Omicron variants, states and municipalities with more robust masking regulations have not fared better than those with more targeted strategies for reducing the prevalence of serious disease. Even with today’s significantly more infectious COVID-19 strains, the number of serious viral manifestations remain very low — and, in the majority, most of them impact unvaccinated and high-risk individuals.
So whether or not masking was good at preventing the spread of COVID before vaccines became available, it certainly is not so today. And it’s doubly foolish to use infection rates to trigger a return to widespread masking. Prior to mass vaccination, such rates were an excellent predictor of both hospitalization and death rates; today, they’re still an important data point — but they’re no longer a key indicator of public-health danger.
That’s because today’s COVID-19 symptoms are milder and the duration is shorter. --->READ MORE HERE
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Fauci returns after COVID battle to urge masks and boosters as cases surge:
Dr. Anthony Fauci returned to lead the White House’s public messaging on COVID-19 this week after his own battle with the disease — urging Americans to again wear masks and get boosted amid the threat of waning immunity against surging new variants.
The administration’s 81-year-old chief medical adviser has been lying low since testing positive in mid-June.
Now recovered, the quadruple-vaccinated infectious disease expert gave a series of interviews Tuesday to warn of surging cases sparked by the latest Omicron variant, BA.5 — and caution Americans that even those recently recovered from an infection are likely still at risk.
“The threat to you is now,” Fauci warned during a White House briefing Tuesday.
“Immunity wanes, whether that’s immunity following infection or immunity following vaccine.
“If you were infected with BA.1, you really don’t have a lot of good protection against BA.4/5,” he warned of the latest two Omicron strains that account for more than 80% of circulating variants last week.
“We should not let it disrupt our lives,” he said, “but we cannot deny that it is a reality that we need to deal with.” --->READ MORE HERE
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