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Fauci Says The ‘Science’ He Has Been Pushing Is His “Guesstimate”

Dr. Anthony Fauci went on CNN’s State of the Union show Sunday morning and defended his herd immunity projections as “guesstimates” after host Dana Bash pressed him on why he wasn’t honest with Americans from the start and why the guesstimates were based on polling. Last week, Fauci told the New York Times that 90% of Americans would need to be infected or vaccinated before the country could achieve herd immunity.

That guesstimate was up from previous projections Fauci had made. “The calculations that I made 70, 75 percent, it’s a range. The range is going to be somewhere between 70 and 85 percent,” Fauci told Bash.

The New York Times quoted Fauci on December 24 as saying several different numbers to achieve herd immunity.

“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,” Dr. Fauci said. “Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”

“We need to have some humility here,” he added. “We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent. But, I’m not going to say 90 percent.”

Fauci also said on “State of the Union” that he agrees with President-elect Biden that our darkest COVID days are still ahead. Fauci is warning of a “surge upon a surge” and a “post-seasonal surge” brought on by Christmas travel.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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      • I spent ten seconds trying to figure out if those four words were “go f*ck your self” or “go f&ck yourself stupid”. (both referring to the malevolent DR F.)

        Then I read your second line.

    • Fauci seemed an idiot the moment he made the tinder argument. I thought the Birx was at least decent, but lost all respect when she tried to explain her Thanksgiving excuse. That her daughter and parents were depressed. Well, what does she think the rest of the country has been going through? If it was a revelatory moment fine, but no she still supported everyone else in isolation.

    • I asked Clay in April/May if the media could be sued for damages over how they have driven the wreckage of the economy because of fear porn. As a consultant, one of the first things I learned is never say something you can’t defend. In almost every case in information security you couch your statements like, “xxxx could lead to a breach,” or “XXXX is a risky practice that isn’t normally done at Fortune 100 financial institutions,” etc.

      Fauci doesn’t grok that he’s literally getting people killed by ad-libbing on TV shows. He makes his chamomile tea at home and talks about what everyone should be doing regardless of the consequences.

      • Ppl can say what they want about Donald Trump. But when he describes the media as “the enemy of the people/common man” I don’t see how he is wrong.

        These people literally wake out of bed and misinform the public, promote fear porn crushing businesses to the degree that an economic Holocaust is transpiring.

  1. Masks don’t work. The virus can only be transmitted between animals. We probably should also be wearing googles. It’s okay to hook up with a stranger on Tindr.

    I can throw out the first pitch for my favorite MLB team but you must stay home. If you get between me and a news camera, I might run you over. I’m the career bureaucrat whose main goal is to try to stay relevant.

    • Exactly. Think of it this way, who usually moves up to supervisor at your job? The hard worker? The smartest person? No, the freaking lazy jackass who wants to continue not working, yet needs to feel important. That’s pretty much every bureaucrat.

  2. What does polling people have to do with calculating the herd immunity for a disease? Nothing. Polling people is an opinion, and herd immunity percentage is an observable fact. If Fauci and our leaders were actually interested in science, he would be directing experiments with control groups and observe the actual number required to achieve herd immunity. These people are giving a bad name to science.

  3. With 9 months of data, had our betters chose to do anything else other than a. steal a national election, or b. gin up massive demand for a bullshit vaccine, they could have calculated herd immunity with pretty exact precision. Lots of data and a large sample size.

    So why didn’t they? Hint: because the fear is bullshit and the data wouldn’t support it.

  4. We all know that the media lies. We all know that Fauci is a fraud. We all know that masks do no good against the flu (Covid is just another flu virus). So my question is. Given the fact all of you seem to share this opinion, does the majority of Americans feel the same? If so, why don’t we just stand up and tell the bureaucrats and media we’re not wearing a mask. We’re not complying with tyrannical government regulation and shutting down our businesses. If we the people don’t stand up against this tyranny they will never let us be a free society again.

    • Good question, Shane. I have been thrown out of several places over the last few months for unwillingness to comply, and I think a few things are going on.

      First, most of the people who would not comply, like myself, have either found the places that will not give them shit (I know which gas stations and grocery stores will let me alone, and go there), or have found alternatives away from the crowds. You don’t need a mask to sit in a hunting blind, or on a fishing boat, for example. Or, we order more shit online to avoid the hassle.

      Second, we have an aversion to blasting a nosy fucking Karen straight in the face. I used to think this aversion was a good thing, but now Karen has likely taken us past the point of no return, and has probably ruined the world my children will grow up in.

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