1. It’s Time to Depoliticize Public Health
Finally, Fauci shared what he felt he’s “learned about the American people” during the first year of the pandemic—and while it may be accurate, it’s not particularly flattering. “I think we are living currently in a very, very divisive society. Almost split right down the middle…It’s divisiveness to the extreme, where even public health measures take on a political overtone, where wearing a mask or not wearing a mask is a reflection of what your political leanings are. That should not be,” he said.
“Public health should be independent of political differences. But we didn’t see that with the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re all in this together, and we’ve all got to be pulling together. But apparently that doesn’t always happen,” Fauci said.