From The Memory Hole

Fauci Laughs at Masks, Recommends Good Sleep, Diet, Exercise to Avoid Infectious Disease (2019)

On April 15, 2019, Dr. Anthony Fauci did a sit-down interview with Bloomberg Television’s The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations in Washington, D.C.

According to the episode’s description on the Bloomberg website, Fauci and Rubenstein discussed “his 35-year tenure working under five U.S. Presidents, the greatest global disease threats, and why low-tech solutions may be the best way to stay healthy.”

That last part—about “solutions”—is of particular interest, given what happened less than a year later.

When Rubinstein asks Fauci whether he should wear a mask to “prevent getting an infectious disease,” Fauci scoffs at the question. “No, no no.”

“Walk away” from people who look like “they’re getting ready to sneeze or cough”? No.

Instead, he recommended that Rubenstein, who was about to turn 70 years old at the time, “avoid all the paranoid aspects and do something positive.” What would that be?

  • “Good diet”
  • “Don’t smoke”
  • “Don’t drink”
  • “Get some good exercise”
  • “Get good sleep”

“I think the normal, low-tech, healthy things are the best thing that you can do, David, to stay healthy.”


Here’s a transcript:

RUBENSTEIN: And the best way for me to prevent getting an infectious disease and having to have you as my doctor is what? Wearing a mask?—

FAUCI: No, no, no. (laughs)

RUBENSTEIN: Don’t need to do that? If somebody’s– I can see that they’re getting ready to sneeze or cough, walk away?

FAUCI: You avoid all the paranoid aspects and do something positive. 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.

RUBENSTEIN: Yes. That’s correct.

FAUCI: Get good sleep. I think that the normal, low tech, healthy things are the best thing that you can do, David, to stay healthy.

RUBENSTEIN: Alright. Well I’m gonna try to do that, and hopefully when I next see you I’ll be even healthier than I am today.

FAUCI: I would imagine you would be, and I look forward to that.

RUBENSTEIN: Thank you very much.

FAUCI: My pleasure.