The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday that lack of facts likely contribute to the country grim death toll over the last year in the fight against COVID-19.
Asked directly whether a “lack of candor or facts” contributed to the number of lives lost during the coronavirus pandemic over the past year Fauci said:
“You know it very likely did. You know I don’t want that … to be a sound bite, but I think if you just look at that, you can see that when you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all, that is not helpful at all, and particularly when you’re in a situation of almost being in a crisis with the number of cases and hospitalizations and deaths that we have. When you start talking about things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically, that clearly is not helpful.”
There have been more than 24,600,000 coronavirus infections in the U.S. since the pandemic began, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. More than 410,000 people have died.