Three points Fauci makes, paraphrased here:
- We [the Administration] were told right in the Situation Room that there would be a shortage of masks, because people were going to buy N95’s. We did not want to create a situation where health care providers wouldn’t get those masks.
- There was no real evidence (at the time) that masks worn outside hospitals actually worked to protect you.
- We did not know at the time that half (or more) of infections were transmitted by people with no symptoms.
Why did he change his mind?
- There was no mask shortage, because cloth masks were found to be effective. [This means regular folks could be encouraged to buy those, and not take N95’s from health care workers who needed them.]
- Analysis was published that showed (for the first time) that masks worked outside of a hospital setting to prevent infections.
- We learned that about 50% of infections were being transmitted by people who didn’t even know they were infected.
That’s why he changed his mind.
Again, sounds reasonable!