Fauci says Covid mandates should have been tougher

According to the White House Covid chief, he would have called for harsher restrictions in the early stages of the pandemic.

Anthony Fauci, senior coronavirus advisor said that he would push for more strict containment policies and act faster if there was another chance to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fauci spoke to The Hill Monday for an interview. Fauci was asked what Fauci, and other health officials, might do differently with hindsight. “a lot of things.” 

“If I knew in 2020 what I know now, we would do a lot differently, because back then we were not sure of a number of things,”He added that “there would have been much, much more stringent restrictions in the sense of very, very heavy encouragement of people to wear masks, physical distancing, what have you.”

Fauci continued to say that “insidious nature of spread in the community”Should have been stoked “much more of an alarm,”Noting experts at this time “did not fully appreciate”Individuals without symptoms may still be able to transmit the virus. 

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“We know now, two and a half years later, that anywhere from 50 to 60% of the transmission occurs from someone without symptoms,”He went on.

The White House Health Advisor has since supported many containment measures like lockdowns as well as masking mandates. However, his original response to the pandemic, which urged Americans not to panic, and dissuaded the wearing of face covers early, was much more measured. Fauci, who is now an advocate for masking according to more recent federal guidelines, told The Hill that masking was not his preference. “high quality” “well-fitted”Masks are a great way to stop the spread of the virus.

“Right now, we are very, very clear that masks do work in prevention of acquisition and transmission. You need a mask of high quality and well-fitted. And the two we know are high quality are N95 and KN95,”He stated.



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