Dr Anthony Fauci on Wednesday said he and his family need continued security due to harassment and death threats over his coronavirus pandemic statements.
“Receiving death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get safety is just, I mean, it’s incredible,” Fauci said in an interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta on Wednesday.
“I wish they didn’t have to go through that.”
The nation’s foremost infectious disease expert has had his security details since at least April, in the face of mounting threats.
Fauci did not go into detail, but noted that threats and harassment are part of the “inconvenient things that crises bring out in the world”
Fauci, 79, also expressed shock that people could be so misled.
“I would not have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who oppose things that are pure principles of public health are so opposed, and I don’t like what you and I say, namely in the word of science, that in reality threaten you, ”he said.
“I mean, this is just weird to me.”
Fauci, a member of the White House pandemic task force, noted that some “anti-science” sentiments in the United States are making it difficult for people to follow COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as wearing masks.
“There is a certain sense of anti-science in this country, and I think it’s not just related to science. It’s almost related to authority and distrust of pouring authority, “he said.
The conversation took place on an online forum sponsored by Harvard’s School of Public Health and was broadcast live on Facebook.