For over a year, we’ve been questioning the effectiveness of masks in stopping the spread of coronavirus. As we reported here and here, people have been criticized, demonized, and de-platformed for asking this simple question. Now, it turned out that most of what we have been told is a lie.
Now, in hundreds of pages of Fauci’s emails obtained by The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Dr. Anthony Fauci wrote in February 2020 that store-bought face masks would not be very effective at protecting against the COVID-19 pandemic and advised a traveler not to wear one.
The emails revealed more about the early days of the pandemic. In one message, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, replies to an email from Sylvia Burwell, believed to be Sylvia Burwell who was health and human services secretary for three years under President Barack Obama. Burwell had asked for advice about wearing face masks while traveling. Fauci’s reply is dated February 5, 2020, and is available in a document cloud provided by Buzzfeed.
Fauci wrote: “Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading the infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.”
“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you.”
Dr. Fauci also added: “I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a very low-risk location.”
Below is a timeline of what Dr. Fauci said over a period of one year.