Five years ago, Dr. Fauci was leading the fight against Ebola as head of NIAID and its $4.4 billion research budget. Still, every day, he took a two-hour shift in the isolation unit to help treat a health care worker infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone. He cited the "unique insights into disease when you actually physically interact with patients," and his wish to show staff he wouldn't ask them to do anything he wouldn't do himself. Photo from National Institute of Health.
Nothing To See Here Chap. 574: With COVID-19 soaring in the U.S. - today, over 3.5 million cases and 138,000 deaths - the Crime-Boss-In-Chief is understandably very busy. As Anderson Cooper mercilessly notes, facing the most serious challenge on earth, the most powerful man on earth has been posing, orange and grinning, with a can of beans "and a few other items from Aisle 9." He's also ominously hiding the soaring infection stats because then poof like a miracle they'll disappear, supporting "cult follower from Hell" Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's move to ban the banning of masks to combat what virus, insisting kids go back to schools and damn the science, and sending out his obedient minions to blame the unprecedented carnage, however implausibly, on renowned, beloved, decades-long head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci - to his elves, Dr. Wrong and/or Dr. Doom - because though Fauci isn't running for President, Americans seem to like and trust the longtime expert who was first in his class at Cornell Medical School more than the guy who paid a kid to take his SATs, stared at an eclipse, suggested we inject ourselves with disinfectant or light, and recently wailed in the Rose Garden like your sweaty drunken uncle, "Where's Hunter?!, so what's with that? Along with loyal servant Pence, the White House also sicced on Fauci trade adviser, conspiracy theorist and non-doctor Peter Navarro, who whined Fauci was "wrong about everything" - Trump-ese for, he followed the behavior of the virus as it spread and changed because, one doctor notes, "That is how infectious diseases work." After outcry over Navarro's stupidity, the White House claimed he didn't "go through normal (sic) clearance processes," leading many to wonder if we have a functioning government or, the sorry truth, "just a house of mirrors built by idiots."
The smear campaign was so flagrant even the usually laconic Fauci spoke up, telling The Atlantic he finds it “bizarre,” adding, "I can’t explain Peter Navarro. He’s in a world by himself.” He is joined by an esteemed crush of doctors who have come to his defense with barely disguised fury, arguing, “The undermining of science - and the unprecedented attacks on scientists and public health officials – risk lives in every corner of our country." In an open letter, the editor of the medical journal JAMA said the “whisperings, innuendos, and attacks...are not only unseemly and unfair, but reveal a lack of commitment to (the) well-being of all Americans.” Microbiologists praised Fauci's "science-based public health strategies," past directors of the CDC blasted "partisan potshots" undermining CDC guidelines, HIV doctors cited Fauci's earlier work "saving millions of lives...His voice and expertise need to be amplified," and 12,000 doctors and public health experts from the Infectious Disease Society of America vowed "the infectious diseases community will not be silenced nor sidelined." "Reports of a campaign to discredit and diminish the role of Dr. Fauci at this perilous moment are disturbing," wrote their president in a blistering statement. "The only way out of this pandemic is by following the science, and developing evidence-based prevention practices and treatment protocols (as) data become available...If we have any hope of ending this crisis, all of America must support public health experts, including Dr. Fauci, and stand with science." Fighting against the stupidity are also millions of fervent, sometimes entrepreneurial Fauci supporters. There's a Fauci Fan Club, an I Stand With Fauci hashtag - "I like immunologists who don’t host Wheel of Fortune" - and a multitude of Fauci merch: socks, mugs, prayer candles for the Patron Saint of Staying Home, t-shirts reading "Trust," "Facts," "Our Beacon of Hope," and "Listen to Fauci, Stay On Your Couchy." Yes, please.
The great Sarah Cooper, reminding us again why nobody listens to this guy.