(Slay News) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, tested positive for COVID-19, the National Institutes of Health announced this afternoon. The NIH released a statement that said:
“Today, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test.
“He is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home.
“He has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials. Dr. Fauci will follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical advice from his physician and return to the NIH when he tests negative.
“NIAID conducts and supports research—at NIH, throughout the United States, and worldwide — to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing, and treating these illnesses.
“News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID website.
“About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases,” the statement said.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, there have been 85 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. And more than 1 million people have died from COVID-related complications.
Amid a wave of new cases caused by the Omicron variant, Fauci said in January that “just about everybody” in the United States would be infected.
In April, he was asked by CNN journalist Kate Bolduan whether it was inevitable that he would get it too.
“I don’t know,” Fauci said. “I am going to try my best to avoid it.”
BREAKING: Dr. Fauci tests positive for COVID-19 https://t.co/MmQtjoTkYv
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BREAKING: Dr. Anthony Fauci has tested positive for COVID-19. He is vaccinated and double boosted and is experiencing mild symptoms. pic.twitter.com/c4ExpJsDsI
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