Fauci goes off on Rand Paul



Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost expert on infectious diseases has had it with Rand Paul, the country’s foremost expert on the great libertarian principle of getting protesters one doesn’t like arrested. At a Senate hearing today, Paul spouted off theories that limiting contact and social distancing - indeed, human behavior - can’t save lives.

Paul singled out New York, which got hit hard early on and where Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done a laudatory job in bringing down infection positive test rate to 1% or below sustainably. Paul suggested that New York’s success was due to a form of herd immunity, rather than creditable to the strong social distancing and mask-wearing measures New York has undertaken.

An obviously frustrated Fauci responded, basically, that Rand Paul doesn’t know what he was talking about.

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Paul followed up by saying people could also have “cross immunity”, basically that people have developed immunity from fighting off colds and flu over the years. While the common cold is also caused by a type of coronavirus, it does not make one immune to the one that causes COVID-19, Fauci responded. Indeed, if the cold and flu gave us immunity to all coronaviruses, not only would there be no significant outbreak of COVID-19, but also other coronaviruses over the years - such as SARS, MERS, and H1N1 - would have been no cause for concern.

To say the least, self-certified “eye doctor” Rand Paul’s audition as a virologist didn’t go well.