Dr. Anthony Fauci said people would have to have "blindfolders" and be covering their ears if they didn’t think partisanship has something to do with why it is so hard to control the Covid-19 pandemic.
“You have to be having blindfolders on and covering your ears to think that we don’t live in a very divisive society now, from a political standpoint,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Podcast-19, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly podcast on Covid-19.
“I mean, it’s just unfortunate, but it is what it is. And you know, from experience historically, that when you don’t have unanimity in an approach to something, you’re not as effective in how you handle it. So I think you’d have to make the assumption that if there wasn’t such divisiveness, that we would have a more coordinated approach," he said.
Fauci added that some parts of the country are doing “really well” at managing the pandemic, including communities where people follow the public health guidelines and have opened gradually.
“But as a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not," he said.