Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said that he ought to have been “much more careful” at the start of the pandemic with his messaging especially as it was a time filled with uncertainty. Fauci, who will no longer be working for the government come December, recently spoke at a seminar hosted at the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism. During the event, he spoke about those early days of the pandemic.
Dan Diamond, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke with Washington Post national health reporter was the one to ask Fauci the question on what he would have changed in his messaging at the start of the pandemic, especially as information was widely “gobbled” by social media.
Fauci said that if he were to go back to those first months of the pandemic, he would have been a lot more careful with getting his message across. He specifically spoke about how during the very early days when there were very few cases, he had said that there would not be a need for any lifestyle changes yet, but he had added that things could “change rapidly and we need to be prepared.” These comments were later thrown back at him when his stance on the matter changed.
Fauci also noted that there was still a problem with Covid. He also added that in today’s society it is important to be careful as the message you are saying could be cut down into sound bites that can be misinterpreted.