Dr. Anthony Fauci got himself into a world of hurt when he said on CNN Sunday that if social distancing had begun earlier, then there would be fewer deaths.
He repeated the assertion during Monday’s coronavirus task force, but noted that the question was hypothetical and that early discussions included pros and cons of opening up the economy.
Fauci said that President Trump had agreed with Fauci and his health advisors every time they made a formal request, including to ask for social distancing for two weeks and the for thirty days.
The bottom line is that his statement has to be put in the context of the evaluation that had to be made about the extent of the risk and the consequences of shutting down the economy.
We could have started social distancing in July, and there would have been fewer deaths, but there wasn’t enough reason to do so. Similarly with January. So his statement was taken out of context, including by Trump, who Sunday had retweeted a tweet saying Fauci should be fired.