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Fauci tests positive for Covid-19

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Dr. Anthony Fauci

By Jamie Gumbrecht and Jen Christensen, CNN

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden’s chief medical adviser, has tested positive for Covid-19, the institute said Wednesday.

Fauci, 81, has mild symptoms and has been boosted twice, the institute said in a statement. The institute told CNN that he is being treated with the antiviral medication Paxlovid.

NIAID said Fauci found out that he was positive on a rapid antigen test. The director will work from home and follow agency protocol, returning to the National Institutes of Health campus only after he tests negative.

Fauci was scheduled to speak Thursday at a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the status of the federal response to Covid-19 and plans to manage the pandemic. The agency said he will attend by videoconference.

Fauci has not had any close contact with Biden or other senior officials recently, the institute said.

Throughout the pandemic, he has urged caution and has demonstrated it himself at public events. For instance, he chose not to attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April after considering his individual risk.

“Each of us, in our own personal way, has to make an assessment of what risk you’re willing to accept about getting infected,” he told CNN. “In general, the risk is low, but I made a personal assessment. I’m 81 years old, and if I get infected, I have a much higher risk.”

Fauci has been working nonstop during the pandemic. In May, he said he hadn’t had a day off since Covid-19 came to the US.

He has been the director of NIAID since 1984 and has advised seven Presidents.

Fauci joins a growing list of Biden administration leaders who have had Covid-19, including White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Vice President Kamala Harris and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

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22 Comments

  1. Trumpers: I’m a Christian, and Trump was sent by god.

    Also Trumpers: Fauci has Covid? Ah, karma, or ha ha, or I’m glad, or worse.

    WWJD?

    1. You’re a Christian?
      Maybe you could hide that light under a bushel basket for us?
      I’m not the nicest person by any stretch of the imagination, but I don’t wish sickness on anyone.
      WWJD?
      I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t include laughing at someone who contracted a virus.

      1. Are you saying that to me? I was pointing out the hypocrisy of Trumpers who claim to be Christians but wish ill on others.

  2. I am still seeing brainwashed people alone in their cars wearing a mask… people hanging out drinking Beer in Bend with a mask on. Anthony Fauci should be tried for treason, he helped ruin our economy, caused trillions of dollars of more national debt, caused countless suicides, thousands of business’s going bankrupt and nationwide division of friends and family. He is a farce and a kook. https://youtu.be/1W3X8es2vNY

  3. Surprised barney hasn’t deleted this story as he always sang his praises. He didn’t like it when someone said he helped sink the economy.

      1. Like these? “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations,” Joe Biden July 21, 2021. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/07/22/remarks-by-president-biden-in-a-cnn-town-hall-with-don-lemon/. On December 14, 2021 CNN Town Hall, Joe Biden stated that; people vaccinated for COVID-19 “do not spread the disease to anyone else.” October 2021, Joe Biden stated that; people who are vaccinated for the coronavirus “cannot spread it to you.”

      2. Especially Adam Schiff flavored facts, huh? Oh wait…..turns out they WEREN’T facts, but they ran anyway, without hesitation, nor correction after the fact of truth came out. Not by anybody, and that was total crap. VAERS is facts, but you won’t go with those either, nor defend them, and they’re from an official government-ran site. You should chance your statement to “I like and defend SOME facts”. It would be more accurate

        1. I feel bad for Barney personally. Having to work for cnn would be maddening. Considering all a significant portion of the conglomerate to be adulterous and or sexual deviants. You would think they would want to distance themselves from that sort of organization.. ooof

    1. Where did any of us on here say we are perfect? Lot of us aren’t harkening the heavens above begging god spares fauci. It’s probably to the chagrin of the left there’s not an outpour of sympathy.

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