Anthony Fauci, America’s largest infectious disease expert, had to hire security personnel to protect himself and his family after accepting death threats in response to his work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told CNN that this pandemic has brought out “the best and the worst, and, you know, it brings death threats and harassment to me and my family. My daughters. I must be safe there.”
The Donald Trump administration has always downplayed the threat of the coronavirus to public health, but Fauci has consistently rejected these efforts. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Fauci has made a straightforward assessment of the crisis in media appearances and speeches in the White House, but this has been rare in recent months.
“In my wildest dream, I would not imagine people who oppose pure public health principles so opposing, dislike what you and I say, that in science, they actually threaten people with you,” Fauci said.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has recorded nearly 160,000 Covid-19-related deaths and 4.8 million coronavirus cases, far more than any other country in the world.
In an interview with Politico’s Pulse Check podcast released on Thursday, Fauci explained the threats to his family in more detail, saying that he has been trying to ignore conspiracy theories about him.
The doctor added: “I am opposed to this kind of nonsense, and that is the impact it has on my family.” “Because when you face death threats and require you to always provide safety protection, and when they start on the phone, work It makes me angry when it interferes with children and interferes with their lives.”
In July, Trump officials and advisers publicly sabotaged Fauci and tried to discredit his expertise. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro even criticized Fauci in a column in USA Today, saying that he treated the doctor’s advice with “suspicion and caution.”
After Navarro’s article was published, Trump insisted that he had a good relationship with Fauci, who served as the six principals of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Niaid) during his 35 years.
But on Saturday, Trump wrote “wrong!” In a tweet, it contained a Fauci videotape that talked about how the United States views more cases than other countries because the United States only carried out earlier this year. Partially closed. Three days later, Trump publicly admonished Deborah Birx, another member of the task force.
An anonymous source told the Washington Post in April that Fauci has always needed personal safety because it threatens his personal safety and the enthusiastic communication of supporters.
At the same time, Fauci warned late Thursday that even a small increase in the proportion of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in some U.S. cities could indicate problems. He urged local leaders to stay vigilant and avoid a surge.
He told CNN: “This indicates troubles in the future.”
Fauci made a speech after Birch identified new areas of concern in a phone call with state and local officials on Wednesday.
Burks said on the conference call that Baltimore and Atlanta, as well as Kansas City, Portland, Omaha, and California’s Central Valley are all at “very high levels,” and the news non-profit Center for Public Integrity has obtained these records.
Data from the White House shows that Chicago, Boston, Detroit, and Washington have slightly increased positive rates of coronavirus testing. Burks said those cities need to “go beyond it.”
Fauci said that even if most people are doing the right thing, those who don’t wear a mask or don’t follow social distancing guidelines can smold the virus.
Fauci said: “Unless everyone works together… we will continue to see the growth that Dr. Berks is talking about in these cities,” Fauci pointed out that increases in hospitalization rates and deaths usually accompany this growth.
Birx has been traveling across the country to warn officials not to relax their vigilance, which usually does not match Trump’s message. Trump said on Wednesday that the virus “will disappear as the situation disappears.”
Trump has urged state and local authorities to reopen public schools for face-to-face learning to help Americans resume work and consumption. A strong economy is one of the pillars of Trump’s re-election campaign.
The Collins School District in rural Mississippi opened its school two weeks ago. Five confirmed Covid-19 cases have forced some students and teachers to isolate themselves. The principal Edward Lee Childress said on Facebook Live, But there is no specific explanation.
He said the decision to reopen the school took into account the “inevitable moment” when Covid-19 was about to be detected and triggered a contact tracking plan.
“We will have more positive cases. We know this will happen.
The State Department canceled a recommendation from March on Thursday that US citizens should avoid all international travel due to the pandemic. But American travelers are still restricted or prohibited in many places, including the European Union.