In a recent interview with Axios, Dr. Anthony Fauci recalled feeling “a little bit nervous” that he might contract the coronavirus while working in former President Donald Trump’s White House, given the reportedly lax mitigation protocols under the prior administration, The Hill reported.
As it turned out, Fauci managed to avoid becoming infected and received the Moderna vaccination in December.
“Made me a little bit nervous”
Now serving as Biden’s chief medical advisor, Fauci made the admission during a recent interview with Axios for the outlet’s HBO program.
Fauci, who turned 80 in December, was asked if he worried at any point about contracting the virus. “Yeah, I mean, I think you’d have to be oblivious not to consider the fact that, if you get infected, that you are already in a category of someone who has a high risk of having a serious outcome,” he replied.
“I didn’t fixate on that,” he continued, “but it was in the back of my mind because I had to be out there, I mean, particularly when I was going to the White House every day when the White House was sort of a superspreader location.”
“I mean, that made me a little bit nervous,” Fauci added.
COVID concerns in Trump’s White House
Fauci’s remark about the Trump White House being a “superspreader location” was likely a reference to the fact that Trump had largely attempted to continue on with business as usual throughout much of the pandemic, relying on temperature checks and rapid testing for guests while continuing to attend rallies and hold events with small or even medium to large-sized gatherings.
One so-called “superspreader” event in which a number of people, both within and outside the White House, did test positive for the virus in the weeks afterward was the Rose Garden ceremony in September when Trump announced the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Then-President Trump, as well as First Lady Melania and their teenage son Barron, eventually fell ill in October.
All three quickly recovered, however, as have the overwhelming majority of Americans who have contracted COVID over the past year.
There is nothing surprising about the fact Fauci, given his age, was worried about potentially catching the virus and becoming sick, but for him to suggest that Trump’s White House was an inherently more dangerous place than anywhere else, including the current White House, belies his purported non-partisanship.