The travel ban: When President Trump proposed a larger travel ban in hopes to help stop the spread of the virus, Dr. Fauci appeared on CNBC in late February and was asked if the travel ban would help fight the virus at all saying, “No, I don’t think at all that that will happen,” Fauci responded. “When you have a pandemic that involves multiple countries, travel restrictions become almost irrelevant because you can’t keep out the entire world.”
Then, on March 12th, Dr. Fauci backtracked and stated, “We spent a lot of time thinking about it, discussing it, about whether we should do it and it was the right public health call,” Dr. Fauci told reporters about the travel ban on the White House lawn. “If you look today at the majority of cases that are new cases, new cases throughout the world, the majority of them are from Europe. If you look in the United States, states that have new cases, the majority of them are coming from that region.”
On whether or not the virus is serious: Appearing January 21st on Newsmax, Dr. Fauci stated that the virus was, “Nothing to worry about.” That video is below.
The potential amount of deaths caused by the virus: Dr. Fauci publicly stated that he predicts the virus could potentially kill close to 200k Americans. After he and Dr. Birx stated this, more states ordered stay at home orders and the stock market dipped even further. Yet, just this week, Dr. Fauci stated, “I’ve looked at all the models, I’ve spent a lot of time on the models. They don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely on models.” when asked if he still was expecting close to 200k deaths from the virus.
The overall view: Dr. Fauci must understand American people and the markets listen to every word he says and reacts accordingly. When he is calling for more states to close and then backtracks on information previously given to warrant in his mind those closings, that is an issue.