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Fauci Says Extended COVID-19 Isolation Could Have ‘Major Negative Impact On Our Ability To Keep Society Running’

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on May 11, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the man who essentially told Americans to stay indoors even if not sick for nearly the past two years, now says that the 10-day isolation period for COVID-19 patients isn’t needed because it would do too much damage for American society.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they had updated their recommendation that COVID-19 positive individuals isolate from society for 10 days had been cut into half 5 days. The Hill flagged that, on Wednesday, Fauci explained that a “decision” was made so that more people could return to normal life quickly.

“The purpose of it was that given the wave — the extraordinary unprecedented wave of infections that we are experiencing right now and will certainly experience more of in the next few weeks – that there is the danger that there will be so many people who are being isolated who are asymptomatic for the full ten days, that you could have a major negative impact on our ability to keep society running.”

“So the decision was made — although it’s not completely risk-free — of saying, ‘Let’s get that cut in half so that we can have 50% of the 10-days … and people can actually be out with a mask in society.”

Numerous people responded to Fauci’s comments on social media.

As data journalist Rich Baris put it, “Under Donald Trump, he shrugged off those of us who had these concerns and referred to this negative impact on people as merely ‘economically inconvenient.’ This man is such a dishonest fraud we need another term to describe it.”

Former Trump administration staffer Ben Williamson added, “Now that Trump is gone, cost/benefit analysis in public health policy making is ok and allowed.”

Williamson was referring to anti-lockdown critics who argued that shutting down the economy during COVID-19 or imposing other restrictions would ultimately do more damage to the country than the virus ever could. In other words, the cure to the pandemic could be worse than the disease.

Now, it seems Fauci is using that exact same approach. After record-setting fentanyl deaths, failing public education as well as classroom time, rising elder abuse, and countless other societal impacts, the question now is why Fauci and other medical “experts” didn’t use this same approach for previous waves of the virus.

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