Skip to content

Dr. Fauci Just Said If He Thinks Virus Came From Wuhan Lab

The COVID expert addresses a statement made by the former CDC chief.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
Doctor Anthony Fauci

On Friday, Robert Redfield, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made a shocking reveal: he believes that COVID-19 may have come from a Wuhan, China lab. He believes it wasn't necessarily released intentionally, but that scientists were making a more efficient virus, and it escaped. 

During Friday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, offered up his opinion on the origin of the virus responsible for the death of 2.7 million people across the world. Read on to find out if he believes coronavirus started in a lab—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

On Friday, Dr. Redfield told CNN that it was his "opinion" that SARS-CoV-2 did not evolve naturally. "I'm of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory — escaped," he confessed. "Other people don't believe that. That's fine. Science will eventually figure it out." Dr. Redfield made clear this was his "opinion."

When asked what he thought about Redfield's statement, Dr. Fauci started by pointing out that the former Chief noted that it was "a possibility" and stating "he's entitled to his opinion."

"I think what he likely was expressing is that there certainly are possibilities as I mentioned, just a few moments ago of how a virus adapts itself to an efficient spread among humans," Fauci continued. "You know, one of them is in the lab and one of them, which is the more likely which most public health officials agree with, is that it likely was below the radar screen, spreading in the community in China for several weeks, if not a month or more, which allowed it when it first got recognized clinically to be pretty well adapted. But according to the words of Dr. Redfield, he was saying he was just expressing an opinion and an option of what it could be." 

No matter where it came from—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Filed Under