Fauci Defends Leadership On School Lockdowns, Face Masks

Outgoing chief medical advisor to the president Dr. Anthony Fauci rushed to his own defense Sunday in the wake of criticism over his handling of face masks and school lockdowns.

Interviewed on ABC’s “This Week,” Fauci denied that his advice misled the American public on the dangers of COVID-19 and measures necessary to protect individuals from the virus.

He further claimed that the largest misconception about him came from those who believed he misled the public when COVID narratives changed.

As an advisor to seven presidents, Fauci asserted that he never veered into the political spectrum one way or another “from an ideological standpoint.” He called the idea that he’s political “completely crazy.”

This despite sharp division between himself and the Trump White House over the national response to the coronavirus.

Host Jonathan Karl quizzed Fauci on his guidance concerning face masks, noting that he was very definitive when the narrative changed. He brought up the quote from the infectious disease expert when he said that “there’s absolutely no reason for people to be wearing masks.”

Fauci admitted that, if he could do it over again, he would have “analyzed it a little bit better.”

Karl further pursued the closing of schools for the large part of the pandemic, asking if that was “a mistake.”

Fauci struck back against the term “mistake,” saying that if he did, it would be taken out of the context of the question. Rather, he said that it should have been and is recognized that there would be negative consequences to such actions.

He also claimed to be a defender of doing “everything we can to keep the schools open.” Then he admitted the impact.

That impact, which is still being felt, showed lower reading and math scores after months and even more than a year of closure in some areas. He also granted that there was a psychological impact on students kept out of the classroom.

Fauci announced in August that he plans to step down from his multiple posts in December. He has been the president’s top medical adviser as well as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.