As Democrats and the media continue to ramp up efforts to blame President Trump for the spread of COVID-19 in America, clips of America's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, are surfacing, showing him saying at the end of February that the risk was still low and there was no real cause for alarm from the virus.
As late as February 29 Fauci said that there was no need for Americans to alter their daily habits and that going to malls, movie theaters, and gyms was fine.
On a February 29 Today Show appearance, Fauci was asked if Americans needed to change their lifestyles to avoid being infected by COVID-19:
- Host: "So Dr. Fauci, it's Saturday morning in America, people are waking up right now with real concerns about this. They want to go to malls, and movies, maybe the gym, as well. Should we be changing our habits? And if so, how?"
- Fauci: "No. Right now at this moment, there is no need to change anything that you're doing on a day-by-day basis. Right now the risk is still low, but this could change. I've said that many times, even on this program. You've got to watch out, because although the risk is low now — you don't need to change anything you're doing — when you start to see community spread, this could change, and force you to become much more attentive to doing things that would protect you from spread."
The video can be viewed below, with the highlighted part beginning around 2:40:
? As late as March 9 Dr. Fauci also said that going on cruises was OK for people who did not have underlying health conditions.