No one will ever know whether Covid restrictions that destroyed the economy and devastated the lives of everyday citizens were worth it, Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted to the BBC.
Asked by BBC One Sunday Morning‘s Sophie Raworth whether the lockdowns “were worth it, or too severe,” Fauci answered it would be impossible to measure their effectiveness, but acknowledged that in hindsight the restrictions had negative psychological effects on the population.
“You know, I don’t think we’re ever going to determine what the right balance is. I think the restrictions if you want to use that word, which I tend to shy away from, lockdowns certainly prevented a lot of infections, a lot of hospitalizations, and prevented a lot of deaths,” he claimed, adding, “There’s no doubt about that.”
“Obviously when you do have that kind of restriction on society there are unintended negative consequences, particularly in children who are not allowed to go to school, in the psychological and mental health aspects it has on children, in the economic stress that it puts on society in general, on individual families, obviously those are negative consequences that are unintended.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the NIAID Director also advised people should be ready to go into lockdown mode in the event of a new Covid-19 outbreak.
“I don’t want to use the word ‘lockdowns.’ That has a charged element to it,” he said. “But, I believe that we must keep our eye on the pattern of what we’re seeing with infections.”
“Having said that, we need to be prepared for the possibility that we would have another variant that would come along,” Fauci said. “And then, if things change and we do get a variant that does give us an uptick in cases and hospitalization, we should be prepared and flexible enough to pivot toward going back – at least temporarily – to a more rigid type of restrictions, such as requiring masks indoor.”
Fauci’s comments come as the FDA on Tuesday authorized fourth and fifth booster jabs.