Rand Paul Tells Dr. Fauci: “I Don’t Think You’re the End-All” for Coronavirus Decisions
- Sen. Rand Paul criticized the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, during a Tuesday Senate hearing and argued that many states can loosen social distancing without seeing new surges of coronavirus infections.
- “As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all,” Paul said. “We can listen to yourvice, but there are people on the other side who say there’s not going to be another surge.”
- Paul wants to reopen economies and schools across the country, despite Fauci’s warnings that doing so without proper mitigation systems in place will cause a resurgance.
- Fauci pushed back on Paul’s criticism, arguing that he’s “never made myself out to be the end-all” and that he givesvice based on “the best scientific evidence,” rather than economic or social concerns.
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Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, during a Tuesday Senate hearing, arguing that Fauci shouldn’t be the “end-all” decision-maker when it comes to the US coronavirus response.
Paul claimed there likely won’t be a surge in coronavirus cases as states loosen social distancing requirements and reopen businesses across the country. Heded that he hopes those “who are predicting doom and gloom” will “admit that they were wrong if there isn’t a surge.”
Paul, who contracted the coronavirus last month, insisted that “outside of New England” the country has seen a “relatively benign course for this virus,” despite the fact that New York, which is not in New England, has long been the epicenter of the national outbreak.
“As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all,” Paul said. “I don’t think you’re the only one who should be making a decision. We can listen to yourvice, but there are people on the other side who say there’s not going to be another surge.”
This came after Fauci warned that the country will see potentially devastating resurgences of the virus if states and localities don’t heed federal guidelines for mitigation as they reopen.
Paul went on tovocate for reopening schools across the country in the fall, despite warnings from experts, including Fauci.
Fauci pushed back on Paul’s criticism, arguing that he givesvice based on “the best scientific evidence,” rather than economic or social concerns.
“Sen. Paul, thank you for your comments, I have never made myself out to be the end-all and only voice of this,” Fauci said. “I’m a scientist, a physician, and a public health official. I givevice according to the best scientific evidence.”
Fauci, who is helping lead theministration’s coronavirus task force, went on to say that both he and Paul should be “humble” in acknowledging that there’s much they don’t know about covid-19’s effects on infected people.
He pointed out that there are new, disturbing cases of children who’ve contracted an unknown inflammatory syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease after being infected with the virus. Therefore, officials should be “careful” in assuming that children will be safe from the worst effects of the virus.
“We don’t know everything about this virus and we really better be very careful, particularly when it comes from children,” Fauci said. “For example, right now children presenting with covid-19 who actually have a very strange inflammatory syndrome.”
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