Recently, Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged something truly shocking.
When asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” why COVID-19 cases in Texas have been steadily declining despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the state’s mask mandate and capacity restrictions on businesses one month ago, Fauci half-heartedly conceded: “I’m not really quite sure.”
Texas has been a disappointment in recent weeks to detractors who have all but insisted, and perhaps even hoped, that the state’s complete “reopening” – the result of what President Joe Biden called “Neanderthal thinking” – would culminate in an epic resurgence of COVID-19.
In fact, caseloads have been consistently falling. It’s a reality we should all be celebrating – cautiously, if we must.
Fauci is correct that it’s too early to be completely certain that this trend will continue, that another surge is possible if a variant takes hold in Texas, that this virus has a “confusing” pattern of delayed case increases and lagging hospitalizations and deaths.
It’s also possible that lifting restrictions and returning to some semblance of normalcy simply won’t have the deleterious impact we’ve spent over a year trying to avoid and the catastrophe public health officials are still trying to scare us into believing will befall us all if we dare to live like it’s 2019.