More than 800 pages of Dr. Fauci’s emails reveal what he really knew and how he personally felt about the COVID-19 pandemic. In a trove of newly released emails through the Freedom of Information Act, Dr. Fauci downplayed the effectiveness of masks, and was told that the virus “(potentially) look engineered.”
In February 2020, Dr. Fauci wrote in an email that store-bought masks would do little to protect people from the COVID-19 pandemic and advised a traveler not to wear one.
Fauci wrote: “Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading 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.”
He added: “I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a very low risk location.”
Fauci has been previously attacked for changing his position on mask-wearing and his advice evolved over time. On April 3rd 2020, The CDC recommended that people wear face coverings “in public settings when around people outside their household, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
He also told NBC News on January 25 that wearing two masks was “common sense.”
The trove of emails also unveiled that scientists believed the virus could ‘look engineered.’
On January 31, 2020, Kristian G. Andersen, director of the Scripps Research Institute, wrote to Fauci to say that some of the SARS-CoV-2’s features “(potentially) look engineered.”
Andersen and his team subsequently published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Medicine where they wrote that they did not “believe that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible.”
However, the article noted that more scientific data “could swing the balance of evidence to favor one hypothesis over another.”
Emails also reveal that a researcher who helped fund the Wuhan lab thanked Dr. Fauci for dismissing the COVID-19 leak theory. President of the EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Peter Daszak, sent an email to Dr. Fauci roughly 6 weeks after the virus outbreak.
“As the Pl of the ROl grant publicly targeted by Fox News reporters at the Presidential press briefing last night, I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’ origins. Once this pandemic’s over I look forward thanking you in person and let you know how important your comments are to us all.”
The emails between Dr. Fauci and Dr. Daszak show that Daszak had already dismissed the idea that the virus was released through a lab leak early on. It should also be noted that this was nearly a year before any formal investigations began.
Dr. Daszak was also a lead investigator on the World Health Organization panel investing the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.