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What Would Fauci Do?

As more and more Americans are getting vaccinated against COVID19, some people are confused as to which activities they can resume and which ones still need to wait. Even though all adults ages 18 and over in the United States will be able to get vaccinated as of April 19th, the country is still experiencing new outbreaks and rises in cases. We can’t just throw those masks away with abandon, but we also want to know when we don’t need to have them on.

Once again, Dr. Anthony Fauci was more than happy to lead by example now that he’s no longer constricted by the former guy’s administration. Dr. Fauci has lived in the same neighborhood in northwest Washington, DC, for more than 40 years, and the combination of his busy schedule and pandemic safety concerns confined his social life to a small radius. He spent most of 2020 only socializing with his next-door neighbors, staying socially distanced, and meeting only outdoors, even in the fall and winter weather.

Dr. Fauci, who has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, said his day-to-day life remains essentially unchanged from the way it was before he got his shots. He doesn’t see being vaccinated as a green light to resume the myriad activities he and the rest of us have been deprived of. got vaccinated. In a much-photographed moment (see above), he got his first Moderna shot on December 22. In the months that followed, others in his age bracket followed suit. Now that he’s fully vaccinated, Fauci said, has changed his behavior, but only slightly.

While a record number of people are getting vaccinated — 3 million doses are now given daily, on average — the number of new infections being reported is still trending upward in 18 states. In Michigan, one of the worst hot spots, average daily cases have more than quadrupled in the past month.

Dr. Fauci said the biggest change is that he and his neighbors have finally moved the party indoors, where they can now enjoy each other’s company without masks. But for now, he still won’t eat indoors at a restaurant or go to a movie theater.

 

“I don’t think I would — even if I’m vaccinated — go into an indoor, crowded place where people are not wearing masks,” Fauci said.

He’s not planning any travel, either: “I don’t really see myself going on any fun trips for a while,” he said.



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