Dr. Anthony Fauci has revealed that he and his family have been forced to hire personal security after receiving death threats from those who object to his work on the coronavirus pandemic.
The country’s top infectious disease expert admitted to CNN that he was surprised by the harassment he, his wife, and his three adult daughters, Jennifer, 34, Megan, 31, and Alison, 28, received.
During a live-streamed conversation on Wednesday, Fauci said that the crisis is “bringing out the best in the people and the worst.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that he and his family have received “serious threats” and that they now have personal safety
Fauci told CNN to get security after his family was threatened and harassed
Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Faucis have been the target of hate mail and menacing warnings from people who disagree with the science behind regulation. Picture: Fauci with his wife and three daughters, undated
“Getting death threats to me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I need to get safety is amazing,” he said.
Fauci said his family was “fine,” but stressed by the threats.
“I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so against it and dislike what you and I say, namely in the world of science, that they actually threaten you , ‘he said.
Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Faucis have been the target of hate mail and menacing warnings from people who disagree with the science behind regulation.
Dr. Fauci has been married to fellow physician and HIV / AIDS expert Christine Grady since 1985
28-year-old Alison Fauci graduated from Stanford in 2014 and joined Twitter, where she works as a software engineer, before leaving. The older sisters, Jennifer Ellen Fauci, 34, on the right, is a psychologist
An older photo of Dr. Fauci with his three daughters, clearly made many years ago
Fauci, who is also part of the White House coronavirus task force, said many of the threats come from Americans who believe he is pushing a personal agenda.
Fauci has had its own personal security details since April. In an earlier interview on the subject in July, he called the threats “a little disturbing.”
Fauci revealed that it is not the first time he has been threatened and said it also occurred during the HIV / AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and 1990s.
“In the days of HIV, when I was criticized for some hate mail, people called me a gay lover and” What the hell are you wasting a lot of time on? ‘, He said.
“I mean, things you just put aside like stupid people saying stupid things,”
However, Fauci said there are differences in the threats he received back then and the threats he is currently receiving.
“I think people, wrongly, make me a bit of a hero … there are those who get really mad because they think I’m interfering with their lives because I’m pushing a public health agenda,” he said.
‘[This has led to] not just hate mail, but serious threats against me, against my family … my daughters, my wife – I mean, really? Is this the United States of America? ‘
Fauci says he received hate mail during the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, but no threats of violence. Pictured: Fauci arrives to testify at a HELP committee hearing in DC, June 30
Fauci added, “We are all trying to open American again in a safe way, that we can do it in a measured way. But the hostility to public health problems is not only difficult to understand, but even difficult to handle. ‘
On Wednesday, Fauci said the U.S. should bring new COVID-19 cases down to less than 10,000 a day next month or they risk a catastrophic fall situation.
The US currently has an average of 60,000 new cases per day.
On Monday, he stated that coronavirus cases had to decline rapidly to gain some control over the pandemic by the end of the year.
He said Americans should wear masks, keep physical distance, close bars, wash their hands, and choose outdoor activities over indoor activities to help stop the transmission of the virus.
“If we follow these five or six principles, we can open up. We don’t have to stay closed, “said Fauci.
“That’s the way out. We can move on to normality without doing the drastic things of closing, ”he added.
In recent months, Fauci has expressed concern about opening schools and businesses before the virus is under control.
In July, the White House distributed a list of mistakes Fauci claims to have made at the beginning of the pandemic.
An unnamed told it CNN that “several White House officials” were concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci was wrong.
At one point, top trader advisor Peter Navarro broke the protocol and published an opinion USA TODAY Describe Fauci as ‘wrong in everything’.
Dan Scavino, the White House’s deputy chief of staff for communications, shared one political cartoon Portray Fauci as a leaky faucet.
Even President Donald Trump told it Fox news in an interview with Chris Wallace, which aired last month, that Fauci is a “bit alarming.”
“It’s disturbing to see people not listening,” he said The New York Times with regard to people who change their behavior to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“I could show you some of the emails and text messages – everyone seems to have my cell phone number – which is quite hostile to what I do, as if I’m infringing on their individual freedoms.”
In the U.S., there are currently more than 4.7 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 156,000 deaths.
The U.S. is currently averaging about 60,000 cases per day, bringing the total number of infections on Wednesday to over 4.7 million
California, Florida and Texas together accounted for nearly 180,000 of the new cases, although the new infections were lower in all three states than in the previous week.
Cases rose from week to week in 20 states, including in Oklahoma where the cases have risen nine weeks in a row, in Montana where the cases have contracted for eight consecutive weeks and in Missouri where the infections have risen for seven weeks.
Florida surpassed 500,000 cases as of Wednesday. The state also reported record-high hospital admissions with more than 600 admissions in one day.
While the state’s new cases were below 10,000 for the 11th day in a row, Florida officials reported another 5,409 cases on Wednesday to get the state’s total number past 500,000.
Florida now has 502,739 infections, second to California, which has more than 519,000 cases.