- Dr. Anthony Fauci says he does not take vacations.
- But for the first time in a year, he will see his three daughters this summer.
- “They’re all vaccinated, I’m vaccinated, my wife is vaccinated, so we’re going to spend some time together,” he said.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t really believe in the holidays.
Even so, America’s first infectious disease expert says now that so many Americans are vaccinated, it’s time to get rid of them.
“I don’t take vacations, I’m one of those obsessive-compulsive, hard-working people who work alone,” she told the Insider during a brief phone call while sipping a piece of chocolate.
Even if you don’t plan to disconnect from important emails or calls anytime soon, be prepared to have some. have fun this summer.
“For the first time in a year and a half, my three daughters will be visiting their father at the end of the month,” Fauci said. “Then it won’t be a holiday, but it will be a very happy moment.”
“They’re all vaccinated, I’m vaccinated, my wife is vaccinated.”
Fauci’s daughters, Meghan, Alison and Jennifer, are all grown up and live scattered throughout the United States. One is in New Orleans teaches 3rd grade science, another is a psychologist in the Boston area, and his third, a software engineer, lives in Silicon Valley.
The doctor says it will be an emotional family reunion – a first encounter since the pandemic began.
One of her three daughters has been coming home for a while, though Fauci said she was quarantined in the “cellar.” for two weeks before.
“I’m still working, but I’m going to be with them.”
A key piece of the Fauci women’s decision not to reunite with their parents during the peak of the pandemic was the age of the father, a flagrant risk factor for COVID-19 complications.
Fauci told NPR last year, he was “proud of his decision” to keep him safe and isolated, but the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also said “I missed a lot of things when I was growing up. , then every chance I have with them is precious. ”
Now, with more than 77% of adults over 65 years of age (like Fauci and his wife) completely vaccinated, the calculation of risk for some time of dealing with their daughters feels very different.
“They’re all vaccinated, I’m vaccinated, my wife is vaccinated. So we’re going to spend some time together,” Fauci said. “It’s going to be my vacation. I’m still working, but I’m going to be with them.”
The Faucis have also personally dealt with the violent number of a pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 Americans.
One of Fauci’s daughter’s fiancé’s brothers died of heart complications related to COVID-19 last year.
“Here you have a 32-year-old, otherwise healthy – in fact, quite athletic and strong – who is dead,” Fauci said.
With the Delta variant rapidly becoming one of the dominant strains of coronavirus in the United States, it is possible that some COVID-19 vaccines protection could be penetrated, with a mild coronavirus infection is cold. But experts on diseases like Fauci point out that the most serious and life-threatening cases of this disease can still be kept at bay with vaccines.
“Those who are vaccinated can have a good July 4,” Fauci said he told NBC’s Today show in March. “I mean, you can just do all the things you want to do.”
Fauci, and other leading disease experts, are much more concerned about the consequences of unvaccinated Americans catching the virus as well. new variants are spreading faster than ever.