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Nearly a month ago, Texas reinstalled freedom across the state, lifting all COVID-19 restrictions. The move sparked an uproar from the media, President Joe Biden, and Dr. Anthony Fauci — all deeply offended by the move. It turns out, “Neanderthal thinking” isn’t murder. COVID-19 cases in Texas are declining and the state’s latest seven-day average in cases is the lowest since June.
Reacting to the news of the decline in cases Tuesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fauci was baffled.
“I’m not really quite sure,” Fauci said. The doctor, who appears on TV a few times an hour, added he’s even a tad confused about the decline.
Dr. Fauci on Texas Covid cases dropping despite ignoring his advice on masks/social distancing: "It can be confusing, because … often you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect … I’m not really quite sure. It could be they’re doing things outdoors" pic.twitter.com/yuFEPoE2BV
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 6, 2021
After regrouping some, Fauci said it may be because people are spending more time outside in Texas. Hmm, maybe. Would’ve been nice for a follow-up there. Willie Geist, of course, didn’t agree.
Texas’ success is probably shocking to Dr. Fauci. In March, he said that Texas’ decision to end mask mandates and open businesses 100% was “risky” and “dangerous.” Though no one in Texas asked for his advice, Fauci still said the state made the decision “far too early.”
Here’s another look at how Texas is doing:
Today the 7-day Covid positivity rate dropped to a new recorded low: 4.95%
Hospitalizations dropped to a 6 month low
This week we have 1 million 1st vaccines available
Everyone now qualifies for a shot. They are highly recommended to prevent getting Covid but always voluntary
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 28, 2021
Fauci isn’t the only one confused by trends in Texas. In March, Joy Reid called the move racist, an attempt to force black people back to work so they can make white people steaks. No one knows what that means, except that it was laughably wrong.
Texas and Florida have mostly ignored Dr. Fauci, while New York and California have taken precise notes. The title “expert” has never meant less.