Dr Anthony Fauci, a leading infectious disease expert in the United States, was widely seen as a soothing voice of reason during the early days of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, when the Trump administration’s reaction to the pandemic was judged chaotic. When Fauci took an opposing position to then-President Donald Trump on the Covid reaction, he gained widespread support to the extent that various items bearing Fauci’s name became a great hit on the American market. Fauci died in March of this year.
However, according to the most recent batch of emails received by The Washington Post as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was not thrilled with the increased public interest in him. The piece, which appeared on March 31, was submitted to Fauci by one of his colleagues and was captioned “Fauci socks, Fauci doughnuts, Fauci fan art: The coronavirus researcher attracts a cult following.”
“It’s really surreal. According to the emails obtained by the Post, Fauci said, “Hopefully, this will all come to an end soon.” According to him in another message, “It is definitely not nice, to put it mildly.”
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An alert for his name appeared on Google News a week later, leading the immunologist, who was then 79 years old, to pass the alert to someone whose name and email address have been removed in the Washington Post piece. An article titled “‘Cuomo Crush’ and ‘Fauci Fever’ — Sexualization of These Men Is a Real Thing on the Internet” was one of the pieces that appeared. It will blow your mind,” Fauci assured the person who had been urged to click on the link. “Our civilization is completely and utterly insane.”