When the COVID-19 pandemic ends, Dr. Anthony Fauci already knows what he will order at his local bar.
The director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases shared that when social distancing guidelines relax, he'll be ready to order a beer and a burger.
In a conversation with 94.7 The Wave’s Maggie McKay, Fauci explained one thing that he missed the most before the coronavirus affected millions across the globe.
Fauci said his wife, nurse and bioethicist Christine Grady, works with him at the National Institute of Health. Due to their busy schedules, the couple both fall “in the category of workaholics.”
“And what I used to like a lot, was rather than go home and cook, on the way home stop at a favorite small restaurant or a bar and sit there and have a beer and a hamburger and just relax,” he said, adding that he hasn’t been at a sit-down restaurant since February. “Everything we’ve done is take out,” he said. “I’d like to get back to that kind of normality, just to sort of reconnect with the way things were when they were normal.”
While talking about the future without COVID-19, Fauci opened up about his plans for Christmas and his birthday, which falls on Christmas Eve.
“It’s going to be somewhat modified,” Fauci says.
“This will be the first Christmas and birthday that I did not spend with my daughters. They live in different parts of the country...and we are telling the rest of the country that we should curtail, to the extent possible, travel,” Fauci continues.
Additionally, Fauci spoke about being “enthusiastic” about the approved vaccine options, which will be rolled out to nursing homes and healthcare workers beginning next week.
“I’m actually a bit more than cautiously optimistic. I’m actually really quite enthusiastic. The fact that we now have vaccines that we will very soon, within a week or two, be putting the vaccine into people - a vaccine that has been shown to be extraordinarily efficacious,” he says.
To those who are cautious about a new vaccine, Fauci says, “The process of determination of whether a vaccine is safe and effective is a completely independent and transparent process.”