Don’t worry about the tooth fairy, she’s unlikely to catch coronavirus, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made the reveal during Will Smith’s Snapchat talk show series, “Will from Home,” where he answered some burning questions from kids.
While these are uncertain times for adults, who are going through furloughs and lay-offs, many kids are also being forced to deal with a new and confusing reality as schools and extracurricular activities have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year.
Dr. Fauci tried to ease many of these concerns as best he could.
When 7-year-old Ava asked whether or not the Tooth Fairy would pay her a visit in the event that her tooth fell out, he knew just what to say.
"Can the Tooth Fairy still come if I lose my tooth because of the coronavirus? And can she catch the virus," the 7-year-old sweetly asked, revealing her concern about the tooth fairy’s immunity.
"I gotta tell you, Ava, I don't think you need to worry about the Tooth Fairy," Fauci revealed.
"So when you get your tooth [to] fall out, stick it under the pillow and I'll guarantee you that that Tooth Fairy is not going to get infected and is not gonna get sick,” the health expert added.
Earlier this month, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern clarified to worried children that the Easter Bunny and tooth fairy were considered essential workers.
"You'll be pleased to know that we do consider both the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny to be essential workers," she said with a smile. She went on to say that while these two creatures will be working, they may be "quite busy" and unable to visit every home.
For his part, Dr. Fauci also opened up about how the pandemic was impacting African American communities stating, "It's really terrible, because it's just one of the failings of our society, is that African Americans have a disproportionate prevalence in incidents of the very comorbid conditions that put you at a high risk.”
Additionally, he said the virus is highlighting a huge issue with healthcare all over the world.