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Fauci said he worried about getting COVID-19 while working in the 'superspreader' Trump White House
  • Dr. Fauci told Axios that he feared catching the coronavirus during the Trump administration.
  • He called the Trump White House "sort of a superspreader location."
  • "I didn't fixate on that, but it was in the back of mind, because I had to be out there," he said.
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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, discusses personal and professional concerns around the coronavirus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has told Axios that he was "a little bit nervous" about catching the coronavirus during President Donald Trump's administration, since the White House at the time was "sort of a superspreader location."

... Fauci is now working as President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor, and has spoken about his relief at a new administration coming in to tackle the outbreak.

At a press conference the day after Biden took office, Fauci said it was "somewhat liberating" to be able to "let the science speak."

Fauci was often at loggerheads with Trump, who had a habit of spreading misinformation about the virus.

Trump openly talked about firing Fauci while in office, though he didn't have the power to do that, as Fauci is a career government employee and not a political appointee. (In fact, Fauci is the federal government's top-paid employee, making more than $417,000 in 2019.)

Since Trump has left office, Fauci has appeared more at ease voicing his criticism of the former president.

In an interview with The Atlantic last month, Fauci said he believed Trump refused to wear a mask out of a sense of masculinity.

"He's a pretty macho guy," Fauci said. "It's almost like it diminishes one's manhood to wear a mask. To him, a mask was a sign of weakness."
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Fauci Awarded $1 Million Israeli Prize For 'Speaking Truth To Power' Amid Pandemic
America's top infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci received a prestigious $1 million Israeli prize Monday, along with six other researchers who shared two additional $1 million prizes for their contributions to health and medicine.

The Dan David Prize, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, said it honored Fauci for his career in public health and "speaking truth to power" during the politicized COVID-19 crisis.

Fauci "is the consummate model of leadership and impact in public health," the awards committee said in a statement.

The award sets aside 10% of the prize money for academic scholarships in each winner's field. Fauci gets to determine the nature of the scholarships.

... "As the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled, (Fauci) leveraged his considerable communication skills to address people gripped by fear and anxiety and worked relentlessly to inform individuals in the United States and elsewhere about the public health measures essential for containing the pandemic's spread," the awards committee said. "In addition, he has been widely praised for his courage in speaking truth to power in a highly charged political environment."
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are variable, but often include fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste. Symptoms begin one to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. Most people (81%) develop mild to moderate symptoms (up to mild pneumonia), while 14% develop severe symptoms (dyspnea, hypoxia, or more than 50% lung involvement on imaging) and 5% of patients suffer critical symptoms (respiratory failure, shock, or multiorgan dysfunction). At least a third of the people who are infected with the virus remain asymptomatic and do not develop noticeable symptoms at any point in time, but can spread the disease. Some patients continue to experience a range of effects—known as long COVID—for months after recovery and damage to organs has been observed. Multi-year studies are underway to further investigate the long term effects of the disease.

Source: Coronavirus disease 2019 - Wikipedia