By: Konrad Holden
In a Freedom of Information Act request, thousands of emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci were released this week. They reveal that the head of the National Institute of Health knew masks were useless back in February 2020.
Buzzfeed News obtained more than 2,400 of Dr. Fauci’s emails in a Freedom of Information Act request.
In one email sent on February 5, he was replying to a woman’s inquiry about masks and mentioned that they don’t block virus particles: “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.”
This makes one wonder what made Fauci reverse course and begin recommending masks later in the year.
In another email, one of his colleagues at the National Institute of Health, Andrea Lerner, sent Fauci an email with a subject line that reads “My take on masks.”
Mysteriously, the rest of this email is redacted.
Overall, these emails reveal that Fauci and his colleagues regarded masks as ineffective protection against coronavirus early on in the pandemic.
And after a year of mask mandates, the American people should be demanding to know why health experts overturned their own medical opinions without any new evidence to back up their claims.
“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.” - Dr. Anthony, February 5, 2020
“This will be my response anytime someone asks me to wear a mask: Dr. Fauci says the virus particles are too small to be stopped by a mask, therefore masks don’t work. Fauci’s words, in an email. What science has changed since then?” - Liz Wheeler