White House chief of staff pushes back after Fauci likens COVID-19 to Spanish flu pandemic: Report

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says recent remarks from Dr. Anthony Fauci were flat-out wrong.

According to The Hill, Fauci said this week that the COVID-19 pandemic could be as bad as the flu pandemic seen in 1918 — but Meadows said such a comparison is simply “not appropriate.”

The Spanish flu

With recent medical advancements and the capabilities of health care providers nowadays, one can only hope that we will never see another pandemic to the extent of the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak. But even if a worst-case scenario arose, it seems we’ve already proven that massive lockdowns can significantly slow down the spread of the coronavirus, and some states are already eyeing that again.

In 1918, the entire globe fell victim to the Spanish flu, which claimed the lives of at least 50 million people worldwide, according to an article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Though global cases of the coronavirus are at a fraction of that — 14 million, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, with around 600,000 deaths worldwide — Fauci seems to think the COVID-19 pandemic has us on the way to replicating that.

Fauci’s fearmongering

Fauci made his staggering comments during a Georgetown University Global Health Initiative webinar on Tuesday.

“Right now if you look at the magnitude of the 1918 pandemic were anywhere from 50 to 75 to 100 million people died, I mean that was the mother of all pandemics and truly historic,” Fauci said, according to The Hill.

He went on: “I hope we don’t even approach that with this, but it does have the makings of the possibility of…approaching that in seriousness, though I hope that the kinds of interventions that we’re going to be, and are implementing would not allow that to happen.”

“Not based on science”

After hearing Fauci’s comments, Meadows tried to dial down the panic.

“He was at Georgetown the other day and he suggested that this virus was worse or as bad as the 1918 flu epidemic. And I can tell you that not only is that false, it is irresponsible to suggest so,” he told Fox News on Thursday, according to The Hill.

“Listen, we all say things and do things that we wish that we hadn’t done,” the White House chief of staff added. “My understanding is Dr. Fauci is walking that back and telling the American people that that was not accurate and not based on science.”

Maybe Fauci should stop feeding the media what it wants to hear and focus on the facts. The numbers don’t lie.

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