After repeatedly downplaying the impact on children of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Dr. Anthony Fauci justified the mitigation measures at an event Wednesday while acknowledging they were “draconian.”
“Sometimes when you do draconian things, it has collateral negative consequences. Just like when you shut things down, even temporarily, it does have deleterious consequences on the economy, on the school children, you know that,” Fauci said at the event, hosted by The Atlantic magazine.
See Fauci’s remarks Wednesday:
FAUCI: “You have to do something that’s rather draconian, and sometimes when you do draconian things, it has collateral negative consequences.” pic.twitter.com/fEGAbM588a
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 21, 2022
WND is now on Trump’s Truth Social! Follow us @WNDNews
In August, Fauci, President Biden’s top health adviser, dismissed concerns about the impact of the lockdowns and school closures on children in an interview on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
“In retrospect doctor, do you regret that it went too far?” Cavuto asked regarding the lockdowns. ” … Particularly for kids who couldn’t go to school except remotely, that it’s forever damaged them?”
“Well, I don’t think it’s forever irreparably damaged anyone,” Fauci replied.
He charged that “people selectively … pull things out about me.”
Earlier this month, the Department of Education released a report concluding the school shutdowns and the shift to virtual learning led to “the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first ever score decline in mathematics” among the nation’s schoolchildren.
Last November, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association declared that the pandemic-related decline in child and adolescent mental health had become a national emergency.
See Fauci’s remarks in August:
“I don’t think it’s irreparably damaged anyone,” says Anthony Fauci when asked if he regrets the forced lockdowns that kept kids out of school.
“People selectively pull things out about me.” pic.twitter.com/HDgJfyMFUX
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 23, 2022
At The Atlantic Festival convention Wednesday, Fauci went on to say “you have to make a balance, when … the only way to stop something cold in its tracks is to shut things down.”
Fauci prefaced his response to the question by The Atlantic editor Ross Andersen about the lockdowns by blaming “divisiveness” of “social media” for turning his guidance into controversy.
“When you have a divisiveness in society where every time you say something, you have X number of people with social media looking to attack it, that adds to the understandable confusion when you’re dealing with an evolving outbreak,” Fauci said.
He argued the “draconian” lockdowns, masking and vaccination was necessary because hospitals were being “overrun.”
However, studies have found the lockdowns had no effect on virus spread or deaths while causing a 26% rise in excess deaths among working-age adults.
A former adviser to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has compiled a list of more than 400 studies showing that COVID-19 lockdowns, shelter-in-place policies, school closures, masks and mask mandates have failed to curb virus transmission or reduce deaths.
An analysis of official data by JPMorgan Chase, as WND reported, found the lockdowns that have “destroyed millions of livelihoods” worldwide have had no impact on the spread of COVID-19.
Marko Kolanovic, a JPMorgan Chase quantitative strategist, said governments were scared into imposing the lockdowns by “flawed scientific papers.”
“Unlike rigorous testing of new drugs, lockdowns were administered with little consideration that they might not only cause economic devastation but potentially more deaths than Covid-19 itself,” he said.
A meta-analysis by Johns Hopkins University released in February concluded the costs of the lockdowns outweighed any benefits.
As WND reported in December, the CDC warned that measles has become a growing global threat because of disruptions to childhood vaccinations caused by the lockdowns.
EDITOR’S NOTE: With what has been called the “Sovietization” of the Biden administration – including the shocking criminalization of dissent and massive weaponization of the FBI against political opponents – America is being increasingly compared to a third-world or communist dictatorship. Yet America still has one sacred institution that dictatorships from Zimbabwe to communist China don’t have: ELECTIONS. And in reality, there is no reason, despite the regime’s all-out efforts at election rigging, that the tens of millions of decent, right-thinking American voters cannot stop the Biden administration’s ever-expanding madness this November. For that reason, the September issue of WND’s critically acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine insightfully covers the most electrifying and important races, illuminates the biggest issues, reveals how the latest federal takeover of elections actually violates the law, and much more. Looking forward to 2024, the issue also highlights why, to quote the chairman of a major think tank, Donald Trump “is the most towering political figure in living memory” and the person “most fit to lead” today’s America. It’s all in “STOPPING THE MADNESS: A MIDTERM ELECTION GUIDE FOR VOTERS WHO LOVE AMERICA.”
For 25 years, WND has boldly brought you the news that really matters. If you appreciate our Christian journalists and their uniquely truthful reporting and analysis, please help us by becoming a WND Insider!
Content created by the WND News Center is available for re-publication without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].
SUPPORT TRUTHFUL JOURNALISM. MAKE A DONATION TO THE NONPROFIT WND NEWS CENTER. THANK YOU!
This article was originally published by the WND News Center.