When Dr. Anthony Fauci is not fighting to convince top Trump administration officials to handle the coronavirus pandemic better, he gets heartbreaking phone calls from his daughters.
The famous physician and immunologist recently revealed that he is paying a hefty price because of his high-profile job.
Dr. Fauci has become a trusted name in the battle against the novel and deadly virus in recent months. Mr. Fauci often appears in interviews and White House press briefings to push for sound-minded rules and guidelines to better combat the virus.
He is an advisor to the administration and is part of the coronavirus task force. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases opened up about his holiday plans and how things have drastically changed this year.
Dr. Fauci’s three daughters — Megan Fauci (a school teacher in New Orleans), Jennifer Fauci (author), and Alison Fauci (who works at Twitter) — broke the news that they will not spend Thanksgiving with him in Washington.
The women, who are living in three different states, have decided not to travel to be with Dr. Fauci and his wife, Dr. Christine Grady.
The sisters, who are between the ages of 28 and 34, took the sad decision not to hurt their father but to protect him.
He explained: “I have three daughters in three disparate parts of the country … who we don’t see very often. We would love for them to come home for Thanksgiving.”
He went on to share: “Dad, you know you’re a young, vigorous guy. But you’re 79 years old.”
The trio told their parents to “have a nice quiet dinner,” with a friend or a neighbor who tested negative for COVID-19.
He went on to explain that it will have to be a Zoom Thanksgiving for him and his family and added: “So we decided to make it a very, very closed family type of thing. I’m not going to criticize people who do it differently. But look at the individual situation in your own family and make a decision that way.”
Fauci had these tips for the people who have decided visit their families for the year-end holidays.
He stated: “Maybe you want to come in and quarantine yourself for a couple of days or get tested a couple of times before you go in, but that’s going to be kind of an inconvenience because Thanksgiving is generally a three- or four-day clip. By the time you travel, get there, and go back, you’re not talking about a couple of weeks.”
He concluded by: “Make sure you do it in a way that people wear masks. Don’t have large crowds of people … I’d like to say everything’s going to be great by Thanksgiving, but honestly, I’m not so sure it is.”
Millions will be like the Fauci family — they will have to find clever ideas to virtually celebrate the holidays.