Where did COVID-19 come from? Did we handle the situation correctly? Was the vaccine the original plan of action? These are all questions we have wanted the answers to. Now, Dr. Fauci’s emails tell all. 

We all have unanswered questions regarding the pandemic. However, we may have more after the release of Dr. Fauci’s emails regarding the coronavirus. The emails were released through FOIA and date back to January 2020: when the virus was still an epidemic. Are you ready for the truth behind COVID-19?

1. We did our part and wore our masks, but was it necessary? 

Among released emails from Dr. Anothony Fauci regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, one from February 5, 2020, asked a few questions about the virus. A woman writing to Fauci wanted to know whether or not she should take a mask to the airport with her, and whether or not she should wear one when she reaches her destination.

Dr. Fauci’s response: 

“Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.” He added that the “Typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out [the] virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keeping out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you.” Finally, he said that he did not recommend for her to wear a mask“…since you are going to a very low-risk location.” 

However, Dr. Fauci was seen wearing two masks on November 19, 2020; two months prior to the email that was sent to the concerned women. During an interview with the Today show, Fauci said “The recommendation is not that you have to wear [two masks],” he explained. “What the CDC is saying [is] at minimum wear a mask.” Although this statement was made in 2021, he was seen using this method in 2020 when he emailed the women his expertise on wearing masks. 

In addition, this exchange also occurred after former president Donald Trump introduced a travel ban with China on January 24, 2020. 

Although the email in question does not specify where the individual was traveling, it was at a time when COVID-19 was picking up at a fast pace. A month after this email was sent, stores and restaurants were being shut down, and masks were made mandatory. 

Now, people are left questioning whether or not wearing a mask was an effective solution. With the vaccine now available, and the CDC lifting mask regulations, we now have a more effective way to rid COVID-19. Nonetheless, was wearing a mask, or two, really worth it? 

Email from Dr. Fauci regarding wearing face masks in public. 

2. Vaccinations or social distancing? There is a difference 

Now, more than ever, politicians are advocating for the public to receive their vaccine by President Biden’s goal date of July 4. However, the vaccine may never have been the original plan to fight off COVID-19. 

In an email sent on March 2, 2020, Dr. Fauci responded to a man’s concern about social distancing. The man asked whether or not we were to social distance until a vaccine became available, or if this would be the new normal. He continued to explain how social distancing can be hard when we are living in a free society, and how he is concerned about how social distancing will affect education, jobs, etc. Dr. Fauci’s response to the issue was that social distancing could be a solution to the pandemic. 

“Social distancing is not really geared to wait for a vaccine. The goal of social distancing is to prevent a single person who is infected to readily spread to others, which is facilitated by close contact in crowds,” said Fauci. “If we can get the R0 [contagiousness of an infectious disease] to less than 1, the epidemic will gradually decline and stop on its own without a vaccine.” 

However, even with social distancing, COVID-19 continued to increase in contagiousness. The virus was seen to have an R0 between 1.5 to 6.68 for the majority of the pandemic, and these numbers struggled to decline to R0 numbers as low as influenza (0.9 to 2.1). 

Although COVID-19 contagiousness has decreased to a R0 below 1 now, it wasn’t until the vaccine officially became available that we saw a considerable decline in cases. 

Operation Warp Speed was initiated to get individuals vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine in order to see this decline. Not long after, Pfizer released their vaccine to the public 248 days after announcing the making of their vaccine. Because of the vaccine, the US was able to see their first drop in COVID cases only a few months after its release. 

Now, we are left with another jaring question: was the release of a COVID vaccine always the plan, or was Dr. Fauci concerned, at the time, that the vaccine would not be available for several years to come?

Email from Dr. Fauci regarding whether social distancing could stop COVID-19.

3. COVID-19 could be a bioweapon

On February 2, 2020, an email was sent from a medical researcher regarding the origins of COVID-19. A link to an article from Zero Hedge magazine was sent to Dr. Fauci with the title “Coronavirus Contains ‘HIV Insertions,’ Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon.” 

The theory is that the Wuhan lab-created COVID-19 as a bioweapon to use against other countries. When researchers investigated the RNA of the virus, they found that COVID-19 is not similar to the other SARS viruses. Instead, it is most similar to HIV and could be the reason why the virus is hard to get rid of. In fact, researchers found that COVID-19 can respond to some of the HIV medications similar to how HIV responds to the medication. 

According to authors and researchers that responded to the Zero Hedge article, “it is quite unlikely for a virus to have acquired such unique insertions naturally in a short duration of time.”

For these reasons, COVID-19 may not have been a mistake after all. However, the theory of the virus originating from a bat is still the most common answer to how COVID-19 came about. 

Email from medical researcher Jeremy Farrar to Dr. Fauci in regards to the Zero Hedge article. 

4. Was Dr. Fauci “Muzzled”? 

When former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence were in office, news from Business Insider was leaked regarding whether or not Dr. Fauci was told by the president what to say during talk shows and briefings. 

Emails were sent from several concerned individuals about the reliability of Dr. Fauci’s statements, regarding the pandemic, after hearing about his possible “muzzling.” This concern was brought up after Dr. Fauci had to cancel five talk shows after Pence supposedly told Fauci to “stand down,” because he was taking over the response to the virus.

The public asked, through emails, for Dr. Fauci to clear the air and tell his side of the story so that the US knows they can trust him again. 

Dr. Fauci’s emailed response to journalist and the concerned public:

“I have been very explicit in stating publicly that I am not being muzzled or censored. I say exactly what I want to say based on scientific evidence,” he said. “I could not possibly be more public about this. No censor. No muzzle. Free to speak out.” 

Dr. Fauci’s response to the public on being muzzled.
Dr. Fauci’s email to “stay silent” about comments regarding him being muzzled. 

Now, the public is left to trust Fauci in order to put the pandemic to an end once and for all. America deserves more transparency after the release of Dr. Fauci’s emails. It’s time we know the real truth behind COVID-19. 

Hannah Walker

Hannah Walker is a health reporter at The Pavlovic Today.