dr Anthony Fauci, US President Joe Biden’s chief adviser on the health crisis, has tested positive for COVID-19, the US National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of which he is director, said on Wednesday.
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The octogenarian, who has become a central and high-profile public figure since the pandemic began, has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and received two booster doses, NIAID said in a statement. Your symptoms are mild.
Anthony Fauci “will self-isolate and continue to work from home,” the statement said. It was clarified that he had recently had no contact with Joe Biden.
The United States is currently registering more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, a figure that experts say is also grossly underestimated. The recent surge has been linked to Omicron subvariants.
About 300 people are still dying from the disease in the country every day, but health officials are now highlighting the many available cures, including vaccines but also the antiviral Paxlovid in case of infection.