For two years, millions have expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the draconian COVID-19 mitigation measures imposed by state and federal authorities, and the wisdom of those doubts were confirmed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who admitted this week that he does not think “we’re ever going to be able to determine” if strict lockdowns were worthwhile, as Fox News reports.
Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Morning program, the White House chief medical adviser was asked whether lock down orders implemented during the height of the pandemic were “worth it” or perhaps even “too severe.”
Fauci began by attempting to justify the measures, saying, “I think the restrictions – if you want to use that word, which I tend to shy away from, lockdown – they certainly prevented a lot of infections, prevented a lot of hospitalizations, and prevented a lot of deaths. There’s no doubt about that.” WATCH:
FAUCI: “I don’t think we’re ever going to be able to determine” if covid lockdowns were worth it.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 29, 2022
Though Fauci did indicate something of an appreciation for what he called the “unintended negative consequences” resulting from keeping kids out of school as well as the “economic stress…on society in general and on individual families, he did not appear to factor into his assessment recent studies – including one from Johns Hopkins University – showing the extremely minimal reduction in mortality produced by lockdowns in America and Europe.
The researchers responsible for that study concluded, “While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted,” adding that “lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”
Reactions from the Twitterverse to Fauci’s stubborn unwillingness to weigh in on whether lockdowns and other restrictions paid sufficient dividends were swift in coming, with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford University health policy professor and frequent critic of the government’s pandemic response writing, “Progress! First time I’ve heard Dr. Fauci admit there are lockdown harms at all. Even the blind shall see. Eventually.”
Also answering the question of whether we will ever be able to definitely say whether lockdowns were “worth it” was former longtime Levi Strauss & Co. executive and outspoken critic of school closures, Jennifer Sey, who responded to Fauci’s uncertainty by saying simply, “Um…yeah we will.”
Still apparently unwilling to abandon the authoritarian power grab in which he took part during the pandemic, Fauci cautioned Americans that additional restrictions could still be on the horizon, depending on the emergence of new variants, but unfortunately for the doctor and those like him, Americans appear to be well and truly done with putting their lives on hold for an endemic virus.