Anthony Fauci and the CDC: Inspiring Fear Since 1983

In an alarming report issued on September 18, the Centers for Disease Control released a significant new guidance claiming that coronavirus droplets can remain suspended in the air to be later breathed in by others in indoor restaurants, classrooms, and businesses. Worse, the CDC claimed, the airborne particles can travel distances far beyond six feet—infecting entire indoor environments without good ventilation.

Three days later, the CDC withdrew the advice, saying only that “it had been posted in error” on the agency’s website. 

For nearly four decades, the researchers at the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have been regarded as heroes because of their commitment to public health and welfare. Fauci’s leadership in the early days of COVID-19 pandemic was laudable—inspiring confidence that the 15 days to “flatten the curve” would save lives by protecting hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

In fact, much of Fauci’s work and the work of the CDC truly has been heroic. In 1988, when then-Vice President George H. W. Bush was asked during the October 13 presidential debate to name a personal hero, he named Fauci. And when President George W. Bush awarded Fauci the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008, he reminded us that when AIDS, a “mysterious and terrifying plague began to take the lives of people across the world . . . it had a fierce opponent in Dr. Anthony Fauci.” 

As Randy Shilts’ 1987 book, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, points out, Fauci was an early hero in his early days as an AIDS clinician at the National Institutes of Health Hospital. But Shilts also devotes several pages of his book to what he saw as a recurring problem with Fauci: that the hero in the AIDS fight was also a political player who was willing to distort research data to try to shape policy in the ways he thought it needed to be shaped. 

On May 5, 1983—contrary to all of the research data at the time—Fauci published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association stating AIDS was transmissible by “routine close contact.” Claiming that children could catch the deadly disease of AIDS from their families, Fauci wrote that if routine personal contact among family members in a household is enough to spread the illness, “then AIDS takes on an entirely new dimension.”  

Fauci’s 1983 editorial opened the floodgates of fear about AIDS. According to Michael Fumento’s The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, Fauci’s article moved AIDS from being “perceived as a gay disease to a ‘media event.’” Fumento’s review of media coverage via the computerized bibliographic news service Nexis revealed that during the second and third quarters of 1983, AIDS news coverage quadrupled to about 700 articles each quarter. And although reassurances were given to contradict Fauci’s felonious statements on the “casual contact” contention, the idea that “anyone” was vulnerable to contracting AIDS continued for quite a while. 

As Fumento wrote, “what really appeals to editors is raising the specter that AIDS is about to break out of major risk groups . . . If previously healthy straights were getting a fatal disease for which there was no cure and the number of cases was doubling every seven or eight months or so, the story would be in the papers every day.” 

Refusing to take any responsibility for the panicked response, Fauci blamed a “hysterical media” for taking his comments out of context. According to Shilts, Fauci had said, 

only that the possibility of household transmission might raise all these scientific implications. The lay public did not understand the language of science, he pleaded. Science always dealt with hypotheticals; this did not mean he was saying that AIDS actually was spread through household contact. Moreover, the chief villain, he would accurately note, was the press office of the American Medical Association which had so shamefully sensationalized the journal article in an effort to draw attention to a journal that always found itself playing second fiddle to Science and the New England Journal of Medicine.

No matter who was to blame, Fauci’s warnings about casual contact causing AIDS set in motion a wave of hysteria; it also set in motion a wave of government and private funding for research for a cure. 

The New York Times and USA Today ran Fauci’s flawed press release as did most newspapers in the United States as heterosexuals began to believe that they, too, were vulnerable. The media warned that heterosexuals “just like you and me” with no risk factors other than heterosexual intercourse could spread AIDS. Claiming that in 1986, the proportion of heterosexual transmission cases had doubled in one year from 2 percent to 4 percent of all cases, Fumento pointed out that the media neglected to ask the “hard questions” about the real data. 

Distortions of Data Then and Now

Blaming the CDC for distorting the numbers of heterosexual cases, Fumento wrote: “nobody was seeing these additional cases, to be sure but they existed on paper, with the trail of paper leading right back to the doors of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.” 

What the media did not tell us about these percentages was that the CDC had included AIDS cases discovered among new arrivals to the United States from Africa and Haiti who were classified as “undetermined” sexual orientation when they were diagnosed. The CDC later acknowledged that “it was probably an omission” to fail to state that the undetermined were lumped in with the heterosexuals in compiling the data on new AIDS cases: “It should have been put in there, but if somebody called we’d set them straight.” 

The distortions of data continue today. Although the threat of contracting the coronavirus that can lead to COVID-19 is very real for all of us, he rarely mentions that more than 80 percent of all deaths from the disease are among the elderly. Healthy young people are much more likely to have mild cases of the virus as even the CDC acknowledges that the vast majority of all COVID-19 patients—young and old—requiring hospitalization had at least one underlying health condition or risk factor, as did those requiring intensive care. Men are significantly more likely to die of COVID-19 than women but no one seems to worry about that.

According to the most recent data, children ages 0 to 19 have a .02 percent risk of dying if infected by the coronavirus. There are almost no cases of the virus causing problems in children under age 10. 

Yet, channeling his 1983 JAMA warnings, Fauci advised Congress in July that in some parts of the country, “schools should remain closed in the fall.” Claiming that if states reopen before meeting the criteria set out by the Trump administration, they risk reprisals of the outbreak, Fauci continues today to move the goalposts in reopening the country. 

President Trump was correct when he criticized the CDC for demanding schools do “very impractical things” to prepare to reopen. The president is also correct when he says that Fauci “wants to play all sides of the equation.” 

A politician first, Fauci has always played all sides of the equation because he knows that inspiring fear will always drive public policy in the direction he wants it to go. Some lives may be saved—but many more lives may be lost by continuing to keep children locked out of schools, parents locked out of work, and businesses closed. 

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12 responses to “Anthony Fauci and the CDC: Inspiring Fear Since 1983”

  1. In 72 years, I have read a lot of praise for the public health establishment. However, in the professional interactions I have had with public health practitioners, I have found them to be opinionated and ill-informed, incapable of explaining their proposals, and lacking any concrete information that would benefit the health of the public. I spent 44 years practicing a profession that had concrete outcomes and was judged against budgets, performance criteria, and legal standards. When input from public health practitioners was required for my work, none of it contributed materially to the outcome.

    • Dear Mr. Peters,

      How can you explain that, infected with Covid, the president decided to check in the Walter Read hospital, i.e. the public health institution run by the GOVERNMENT and financed with our taxes?

      The president even said yesterday “We have the best medical equipment here”.

  2. Fauci gained fame for being vastly more driven about AIDS then his predecessor, Krause. He was indeed. Krause was crazily political and couldn’t care less about some disease picking off homos in NYC and SF. Reagan, to his shame, didn’t focus on this until Rock Hudson died of it. This is clear from his diary. AIDS is not mentioned once until Hudson died.

    Nor was Fauci wrong about the possibility of heterosexual transmission. It does happen. Given that no one was protected by age or general health, and given that infection was a death sentence, and that retroviruses had no vaccines, and that this particular retrovirus could lay dormant for long periods, and that false hope was so easy because dormancy could be confused with effectiveness of some treatment, Fauci and others were absolutely right to err on the side of extreme caution. Babies could indeed be born HIV positive, and at the beginning, treatment to prevent this transmission had not been developed.

    WuFlu is a vastly different animal, and we knew most of this in the first month. Italy demonstrated who would be most at risk before the virus became prevalent in the US. The idea we should shut down the country for more than, say, a month, was always insane and unprecedented. The Fauci of today is also a different animal.

    But really, where was the CDC this time? Unlike NIH, the CDC competently tracked AIDS early on. The CDC of today is nearly worthless. Redfield (Renfield?) is a quack.

    • Michael Caputo went off on the CDC the other day, and it was long overdue. One of the CDC’s main responsibilities is to develop an effective test whenever new virus’ are designed… I mean discovered. Don’t know how long that usually takes, but say they were dragging their feet when time is most precious in the beginning of a pandemic. To add insult to injury, when they finally did produce a test for the Covid it was worthless. That’s weird, the CDC is considered one of the premier leaders in infectious diseases in the world. So where could they have gone so terrible wrong?
      “Early on, the F.D.A., which oversees laboratory tests, sent Dr. Timothy Stenzel, chief of in vitro diagnostics and radiological health, to the C.D.C. labs to assess the problem, several officials said. He found an astonishing lack of expertise in commercial manufacturing and learned that nobody was in charge of the entire process, they said.” ~ Shiela Kaplan The NYT April 18, 2020
      “Problems ranged from researchers entering and exiting the coronavirus laboratories without changing their coats, to test ingredients being assembled in the same room where researchers were working on positive coronavirus samples, officials said. Those practices made the tests sent to public health labs unusable because they were contaminated with the coronavirus, and produced some inconclusive results.” ~ Shiela Kaplan The NYT April 18, 2020
      So who is running the show up there, Antifa? Not one of those expert epidemiologists realized that you can’t manufacture test kits in the exact same room others are working with the live virus? That’s a lot of experts walking around like Mr Magoo. Didn’t they learn that in Cross-Contamination 101?
      The CDC’s other main functions is to meticulously maintain precise data on all causes of death to determine how lethal new virus’ are, and who are most vulnerable to it. It’s science… it needs to be precise. Yet, they broke from the decades long standards of how Cause of Death’s are reported with relation to comorbidities. Suddenly all deaths were being attributed to the Covid. Not just comorbidities, but suicides, drug overdoses, car accidents, pianos and anvils falling on peoples’ heads, and it went on like that for months. Where’s the science in that? Why is everyone acting like this is normal, and no one’s even bothering to fix it?
      Caputo was right, the CDC is the swamp, and everyone of those “apolitical” experts needs to be held fully accountable for conspiring against We the People, and the President of the United States.

    • Actually heterosexual transmission of AIDS was not happening and Fauci knew it.

  3. (So AG has gone to moderated comments. Because of Google?)

    • No. Disqus was causing problems. It was slowing down the site and they also had their own ads which we could no control and from which we derived zero revenue. We’ve been working diligently to streamline and speed up the site. Once you’ve had one comment approved, you should be whitelisted. Stick with us. This will get smoother in the next week or so.

      • Yeah, my first comment’s probably not going to fly. Just venting a little. I’ll be sure to keep my comments toned down in the future. You all are great, last thing I want is for anybody to catch any grief on my behalf. Feel free to email me anytime. Love AG, definitely one of my favorite sites. God Bless…

      • Fauci is kind of like Disqus, been on Disqus a few years, but not relly liking it.

  4. First, time I saw Fauci was at the first Covid press conference, and I knew something was off about him. He wasn’t just hiding something, he wanted to crawl out of this skin. When I learned he has the led the global .fight against AIDS for the last thirty plus years, it hit me like a freight train. I thought, oh he’ll no! This dude is thick as thieves with The Witch, cause she’s been using her Global Initiative as a front for a while now, under the guise of a charity that provides AIDS drugs to other countries. No way he’s not dirty, and as it turns out Fauci is a big fan, and quite smitten with her. So within a couple weeks I already knew what was about to go down, and where it was all going. I know evil. I know how pure evil thinks, how it operates, and I have been spot on to this day.
    Fauci thought he was just going to stroll into the oval office with Birx, dump this pandemic in President Trump’s lap, and then sit back and laugh as this whole plandemic came crashing down on POTUS’ head. That’s why Fauci wanted to crawl out of his skin. POTUS said he wasn’t going anywhere, put him in the spotlight, and has been holding his feet to the fire ever since.
    Late February, Pelosi and DeBlasio went on TV and encouraged everyone to get out and celebrate the Chinese New Year. Both of them saying, don’t listen to the President. It’s perfectly safe, support Chinese businesses because the President is a bigot and xenophobe, and the respective China Town areas of their cities are suffering financially. Now they are attacking POTUS by saying he failed to act fast enough, and it’s unabashed gaslighting. They have no shame.
    The Puerto Rico Playbook
    When the media blitzkrieg and nationwide assault to overwhelm our healthcare system began, others were working to scoop up, deplete, and stash all of our nations critical PPE medical supplies. Same exact playbook as Puerto Rico, the goal was to prevent critical supplies from getting where they were needed, feign desperation that “people were dying because of the President” (Cuomo), and drive up the body count as high as they possibly can so they can blame it all on the President. Remember the 7000 ventilators they found Cuomo had hidden in a New Jersey warehouse?
    When POTUS brought up Hydroxychloroquine there was a global fire sale on HCQ. India’s Modi had stop them form buying up the last of it, to make sure we had what we needed. Dem Governors banned HCQ, Nevada Gov. Sisolak banned the use, and got caught hiding everything he could get his hands on, in his state prisons. Said he was looking out for the prisoners well-being, then why the ban? Dr Fauci and the media demonized HCQ, cause they can’t keep everything shutdown til after the election if there’s a cure. Notice they don’t want a vaccine to be available before the election? They can care less how many people die, the more the merrier to them. They have gone scorched earth to stop the reelection of President Trump, and they will burn this country to the ground and everybody in it. When they don’t even flinch at the ultimate penalty for treason, the abominations they are desperate to keep hidden from the public have to be unfathomable.
    Fauci said he never seen any evidence that HCQ works? Fauci commissioned this study in 2005!
    “We report, however, that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage.” ~ NIH Study- Published In The Virology Journal Aug. 22, 2005

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