Top U.S infectious disease expert and member of the federal Coronavirus task force, Dr Anthony Fauci has disclosed that he and his family have been given a security personnel following ‘serious threats’ they’ve been receiving from some Americans.
Dr Fauci told CNN, that since the pandemic started, he and his family (a wife and three daughters) have been victims of hate mails and scary warnings from many who believe he is pushing a personal health agenda with the virus.
‘I’ve seen a side of society that I guess is understandable, but it’s a little bit disturbing,’ Dr Fauci said.
Top Trump administration officials have been engaged in discrediting the ‘top’ doctor for the past few weeks through media comments and social media posts.
Dr Fauci said he has previously received threats decades ago during the HIV/AIDS pandemic but this time the threats are on a whole new level.
‘Back in the days of HIV when I was being criticized with some hate mail, it was, you know, people calling me a gay-lover and “What the hell are you wasting a lot of time on that?”‘ he said.
‘I mean, things that you would just push aside as stupid people saying stupid things,’ he continued.
‘As much as people inappropriately, I think, make me somewhat of a hero…there are people who get really angry at thinking I’m interfering with their life because I’m pushing a public-health agenda.’
‘[This has led to] not only hate mail but serious threats against me, against my family…my daughters, my wife – I mean, really? Is this the United States of America?’
‘We are all trying to open up American again in a way that is safe, that we can do it in a measured fashion. But the hostility against public health issues is difficult to not only understand but difficult to even process,’ he added.
Dr Anthony Fauci has recently expressed serious concerns over the rush to reopen schools and businesses. He believes the situation can aggravate the public health crisis, a position which is inconsistent with the Trump administration’s narrative.
Top administration officials have accused the doctor of being wrong with everything right from the start of the pandemic. President Donald Trump called Dr Anthony Fauci “an alarmist” in an interview he granted Chris Wallace.