Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force and the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is set to throw out the first pitch when Major League Baseball resumes this week.
But Fauci just last month was warning that the National Football League, not to mention college football, might not need to play at all, unless players are kept in a "bubble" to keep them safer from coronavirus.
"Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall. If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year," Fauci told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta in early June.
Pressed by Sen. Rand Paul on the comments on June 30, Fauci backtracked, saying he gets asked questions by the media and gives answers.
"It gets interpreted as I'm saying, 'You can't play this sport.' I agree with you. I am completely unqualified to tell you whether you can play a sport or not," Fauci told Paul in a Senate hearing. "The only thing that I can do is to the best of my ability is give you the facts and the evidence associated with what I know about this outbreak."
Fauci also has flip-flopped on on his advice on wearing masks. In a "60 Minutes" interview, Fauci said, "People should not be walking around right now wearing masks." A mask might make people "feel better" and might block a "droplet," he said, "but it isn't providing the perfect protection that people think that it is."
Now, he recommends masks, along with other health experts.
Early on Fauci called for widespread testing of everyone.
"I've been an advocate of much more proactive testing, not only testing when physicians ask for a test, but testing to determine where we are and what the level is under the radar," he said.
But since has given up on that approach and advocated for something called pool testing or group testing where a group is tested, and if a positive shows up, more intense testing of the pool is sought.
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