Dr. Fauci, leading medical expert on the White House coronavirus task force, often contradicts President Trump’s optimistic message that we are on the road to recovery from the pandemic. The same guy who has flip-flopped on face mask-wearing, how contagious the virus is, the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, lockdowns, and the potential for asymptomatic spread is changing his stance on easing restrictions – again.

During an interview with MSNBC, Dr. Fauci told Andrea Mitchell that he disagreed with President Trump that the pandemic is nearing an end. “I have to disagree with that, because if you look at… the statistics, they are disturbing. We’re plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day. And the deaths are around a thousand,” he said.

This comes just one day after the president said the US is “rounding the final turn. And we’re going to have vaccines very soon, maybe much sooner than you think,” Trump estimated.

Although Dr. Fauci agreed a vaccine could happen before the end of this year, he argued that rather than entering a downturn, we are simply plateauing. “When you have a baseline of infections that are 40,000 a day and you have threats of increased test positivity in certain regions… what we don’t want to see is going into the fall season, you don’t want to start off already with a baseline that’s so high,” he warned.

This comes after his remarks to a panel of doctors from Harvard Medical School on Thursday where he said, “We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter because it’s not going to be easy.”

Dr. Fauci continued, “We’ve been through this before… Don’t ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don’t try and look at the rosy side of things.”

Don’t even try to look at the bright side of things, the doctor says. It’s not comforting to know that a top doctor like Fauci would tell us not to look at the full picture. That’s essentially a veiled attempt at controlling our perception of his narrative.

What he fails to mention is that the “rosy side” of the coronavirus pandemic happens to just be the facts coming out from the CDC that the virus is not deadly for healthy people and it is not as contagious as experts thought. Furthermore, we have highly effective therapeutics and a vaccine is near.

For those reasons alone, there is no need to “hunker down” as Dr. Fauci wants the American people to believe. In his statement on MSNBC, he simply mentions a case count and leaves out pertinent facts that would lead us to the conclusion he jumps to, which is that we need to remain irrationally terrified of the virus. What the doctor doesn’t say is that, despite having 40,000 cases, the vast majority of those will have only mild symptoms and very few will die from the virus alone without complications – especially if it’s among a younger demographic.

We also know that, during the worst of the pandemic, case and death counts were highly inflated. Additionally, states like New York are under FBI investigation for pushing COVID-positive patients into nursing homes, causing thousands of needless deaths.

How can we trust the numbers Dr. Fauci uses to fear-monger the public when we know that so much misinformation abounds?

Maybe if Dr. Fauci didn’t flip-flop on almost everything, if we had accurate medical reporting, and if the CDC never said that less than 10,000 people died from the virus alone, I would give our “medical experts” more credibility. My concern is that he and others are intentionally ignoring crucial updates for reasons other than there being a virus that is an urgent threat. We should all be skeptical of the intentions of a doctor who tries to control the narrative and seems open to spiraling us back into detrimental lockdowns should the “science” suggest it.