Mark Figley: America’s self-inflicted shutdown

By Mark Figley - Guest Columnist

Most Americans had likely never heard of Dr. Anthony Fauci prior to him joining the White House Coronavirus Task Force; however, that is most certainly no longer the case. Considered by some to be one of the most trusted immunologists in the U.S., many have sought to deify him.

Fauci has been given extensive latitude in plotting strategies to deal with the pandemic. And ultimately his strong support for a national stay-at-home policy, based upon unproven theory, has been the basis for America’s self-inflicted shutdown. The resulting damage continues despite the gradual opening up of what was once the greatest economy in history.

Conveniently, Dr. Fauci has received a free pass in justifying his position. On rare occasions when the subject has been broached with him, he has freely admitted to concentrating strictly on the coronavirus itself. Unfortunately, this approach has caused great and perhaps irreversible damage across the nation which he seems not to grasp.

From the beginning, Fauci was a believer in “flattening the curve” to prevent our hospitals from being overrun. Yet the patient models he based his predictions on were wildly off-base, resulting in horrendous damage to the very same hospitals. “Non-urgent” procedures and treatments were cancelled or postponed. Surgeries were reduced by as much as 70%, at a loss of as much as $200 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, hospitals continue to treat coronavirus patients; standing to lose over $36 billion more due to the intensive nature of care required. These costs have forced the layoff of significant staff and may force actual hospital closures.

Patient visits to doctor’s offices also continue to lag by as much as 85% since the onset of the virus, leading to the loss of approximately 1.5 million health care jobs through April. These factors were apparently given little to no consideration by Dr. Fauci; not to mention the significant increases in domestic violence, overdoses, suicides and the like. This recently resulted in 600 leading physicians to call on President Trump to end the shutdown.

Then there’s the controversy surrounding face masks; fanned by Fauci. In March, he stated there was no need for Americans to wear them. Later, he reversed course, suggesting people should wear masks. Other experts have suggested they have no effect on reducing the spread of the virus?

What has this debate achieved? While governors across the land are all in on masks, the issue has turned citizen against citizen. Governor Dewine actually believes that failure to wear them could jeopardize the state’s recovery and “cost someone their life.” Bold words indeed, though how much is such thinking influenced by Dr. Fauci?

Lastly, what are we to make of Fauci’s praise of China early on for its transparency regarding the virus when this clearly turned out to be untrue? To be fair, he later backtracked, but has never publicly condemned the Chinese for silencing dissenting voices among their own medical experts or called out the World Health Organization for its shameless cover-up of China’s deception. The larger question is, does Dr. Fauci’s worldview recognize the evil nature of this communist regime, its intent to dominate the world, or its view of the U.S. as a mortal enemy?

Fauci has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and advised every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan. These are impressive attributes for a man, never elected to anything, whose rise to power has been invariably shaped by the D.C. swamp. The real question then is to whom Dr. Fauci truly beholden?

By Mark Figley

Guest Columnist

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a

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