At least in public, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has always managed to focus on the science of COVID-19, distancing himself from the politics. Whenever he speaks, he makes sure to get his message across, warning the American public about the dangers of the virus and giving them fundamental tools in order to protect themselves from it.
However, when it comes to the White House outbreak, which culminated with President Donald Trump testing positive and then downplaying the dangers of the virus, Fauci has some thoughts. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
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The White House’s Actions Were Not Done According to His Recommendations
During a Tuesday Student Forum with Holy Cross, Fauci was asked about the White House COVID-19 outbreak, which has infected at least 20 members in the President’s orbit, and while he explained he couldn’t go into depth about his true opinion and feelings— “Every time I say something, that’s an issue,” he confessed. “I wind up spending a lot of time answering phone calls and emails”—he did call out the reckless behavior that led to the infection of Trump and his family and close companions.
He admitted that he didn’t approve of Trump’s behavior in regards to failing to distance or wear masks when around others.
“I should say it was not done according to what I would have recommended. I mean, what you saw there in the White House, I don’t know if you saw that picture from above of everybody crowded together with no masks.” He must have been referring to the photo of garden celebration days ago for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court nominee, where the president and others may have become infected.
He then went on to explain that comparing the White House outbreak to other situations—like a high school sports bubble—was a bit of “apples to oranges.” “I think people would ask that if you can’t be protected in a bubble type setting in the White House, how can you expect to be protected in a somewhat similar bubble situation outside?” he continued.
But, due to the fact that most people and that people in group settings like sporting events follow the fundamentals, like wearing masks, social distancing, and undergo surveillance testing—so they shouldn’t assume the same thing will happen.
Later on he admitted that his relationship with President Trump is “complicated” and a “day by day challenge.”
“You should never, ever veer away from being transparent, being consistent and being truthful,” he told the students.
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How to Avoid COVID-19
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.