White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed that death threats are hounding him and his family due to his participation in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The unseemingly things that crises bring out in the world, it brings out the best of people and the worst of people, and getting death threats to my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security — it’s amazing,” Dr. Fauci admitted in an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Harvard’s School of Public Health website that was shown on Facebook live.
Dr. Fauci said that the death threats he and his family are receiving have led to the assignment of a security team for them. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the threat are related to his work to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it and don’t like what you and I say, namely in the world of science, that they actually threaten you,” Dr. Fauci said.
“I mean, that to me is just strange,” he added.
Dr. Fauci’s guidance
Dr. Fauci has been known for providing advice and candid comments about the coronavirus pandemic.
He recently said that the US has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, citing the country’s number of infections and deaths.
“Yeah, it is quantitatively if you look at it, it is. I mean the numbers don’t lie,” Dr. Fauci said when CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked him whether the US had the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak.
“We can do much better, and we can do much better without locking down, and I think that strange binary approach, either you lock down or you let it all fly, there’s some place in the middle when we can open the economy and still avoid these kind of surges that we’re seeing,” Dr. Fauci said.
Dr. Fauci pointed out that the US must implement a unified response and that the public, regardless of age, must work together to contain the spread of the virus throughout the country.
He also warned young people about “propagating the pandemic.” He asks them to take the coronavirus seriously.
Some people do not manifest symptoms while “some get mild symptoms and some get symptoms enough to put them at home for a few days. Some are in bed for weeks and have symptoms even after they recover, others go to the hospital, some require oxygen, some require intensive care, some get intubated and some die,” he noted.
“To think young people have no deleterious consequences is not true. We’re seeing more and more complications in young people,” he said during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on June 23.
“There is a degree of anti-science feeling in this country,” Fauci said.
“I think it’s not just related to science, it’s almost related to authority and a mistrust in authority that spills over because in some respects, scientists because they’re trying to present data may be looked at … as being an authoritative figure,” he said.