Over 800 pages of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails from the first few months of the pandemic have disclosed America’s Chief Medical Advisor to be responsive, concerned, and utterly confused by his celebrity-like stature.
The 866 pages of emails, which were attained by the Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, were sent between March and April 2020. The prevalence of the mails was very serious, The Post reported. But Fauci also dealt with his unease with his cult-like following — and even his status as an alleged sex symbol — at least a few times.
Truly surrealistic. Hopefully, this all stops soon, wrote Fauci in an email to a colleague, in which he shared a link to a Washington Post about Fauci-themed fan art, clothing, and doughnuts. It is not at all pleasant, that is for sure.
FAUCI’S EMAIL : A CONFUSION
In another email, Fauci conceded to see a separate article documenting the reported “sexualization” of himself and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
It will blow your mind, he told the email’s recipient. Our society is really totally nuts.
But Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was more than just worried about “Fauci Fever.” The emails show he was always in “close correspondence” with the White House, and even answered emails well after midnight. As said by the Washington Post.
Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.) once emailed to ask whether hydroxychloroquine — which President Trump had been a proponent of before research implied it was potentially more harmful to COVID-19 patients. This was of any real benefit in deterring infection. In a later email, after Fauci acknowledged that hydroxychloroquine would likely not prevent infection, Rep. Upton told Fauci to keep being a science truth-teller.
Others who reached out to Fauci comprised colleagues from the National Institutes for Health, representatives from hospital systems, a documentary filmmaker with Disney. And even the medical director for the NFL’s Players Association, who needed Fauci’s advice on resuming games. An executive for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Fauci and Gates speak every few weeks. According to the Washington Post) also reached out to express suspicion for Fauci’s health amid daily press conferences with the Coronavirus Task Force.
In those earlier months, Fauci also kept up in contact with George Gao, the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In one email, Gao had commented on some of the backlashes to Fauci’s guidance and social-distancing recommendations. Largely from those who felt his advice would hinder undertakings to return the country to normality.
Hope you are well under such an unreasonable situation, wrote Gao.
Thank you for your kind note, Fauci replied, the Washington Post noted. All is well despite some crazy people in this world.