In 2019 White House medical adviser and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, dismissed wearing a mask to prevent infectious disease as being “paranoid” and actually laughed at the thought during an interview on The David Rubenstein Show.
During the interview, which aired May 22, 2019, Rubenstein and Fauci discussed infectious diseases, vaccines and methods of protection to prevent illness. At the end of the interview, Rubenstein asked Dr. Fauci what is the best way to stay healthy.
“And the best way to prevent me from getting an infectious disease and having to have you as my doctor is what? Wearing a mask — ” he began, which evoked a quick rebuttal from Fauci.
“No, no, no,” Fauci said while laughing.
“I don’t need to do that,” Rubenstein said following Fauci’s reaction. “If somebody’s – I can see they’re getting ready to sneeze or cough, walk away?”
“You avoid all the paranoid aspects and do something positive,” Fauci responded, apparently categorizing mask-wearing as the action of the “paranoid.”
“A. Good diet. B. You don’t smoke, I know. I know you don’t drink. At least not very much, so that’s pretty good. Get some exercise. I know that you don’t get as much exercise as you should,” Fauci continued, commenting on the health habits of the host.
“Get good sleep. I think the normal, low tech healthy things are the best things you can do, David, to stay healthy,” Fauci added.