White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said recently that he and his wife will not be seeing his three adult children for Christmas due to the coronavirus pandemic, and encouraged other Americans to do the same.
Fauci made his comments in an interview with the Washington Post’s Power Up newsletter.
Dr. Fauci Says He Won't See His Kids for Christmas, Urges Americans to Make Same 'Painful' Choice https://t.co/xMTBstNfg4
— People (@people) December 17, 2020
Fauci: ‘Just One Of The Things You’re Going To Have To Accept’
“I’m going to be with my wife – period,” Fauci told the Post. “The Christmas holiday is a special holiday for us because Christmas Eve is my birthday.”
Fauci will turn 80 on Christmas Eve.
“And Christmas Day is Christmas Day,” Fauci continued. “And they are not going to come home…” he added, referring to his children.
“That’s painful,” Fauci admitted. “We don’t like that. But that’s just one of the things you’re going to have to accept as we go through this unprecedented challenging time.”
Dr. Fauci doesn't want you visiting your kids for Christmas.
That's why nobody in America is going to listen to public health experts ever again.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) December 17, 2020
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‘This Cannot Be Business As Usual This Christmas’
Fauci said that too many Americans did not take the necessary health precautions at Thanksgiving this year and warned that the upcoming Christmas holiday cannot be “business as usual.”
“Stay at home as much as you can, keep your interactions to the extent possible to members of the same household,” Fauci said.
He added, “This cannot be business as usual this Christmas because we’re already in a very difficult situation, and we’re going to make it worse, if we don’t do something about it.”
Dr. Fauci says you can’t see your kids at Christmas.
We knew he’d try to cancel it.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 17, 2020
Will you forego seeing your kids this Christmas?
Fauci did say he believes there is a good chance that with the vaccines coming, next Christmas could be back to normal.
“It is highly likely that with vaccines being distributed, that we will be back to normal by next Christmas,” Fauci said.
Dr. Fauci doesn’t want kids to see their parents for Christmas.
DR. FAUCI IS THE GRINCH!
— LoneStar Cjaye (@LoneStarCjaye) December 17, 2020
So how many Americans are going to actually forego seeing their children this Christmas?
Perhaps after some backlash for his comments to the Washington Post, Fauci later moderated his language, claiming he doesn’t want to “cancel Christmas.”
“Please do what I suggested for Thanksgiving,” Fauci told ABC News on December 22. “We don’t want to cancel Christmas, but you have to tone down plans.”
“There is light at the end of the tunnel,” he added.
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Please do what I suggested for Thanksgiving.
We don’t want to cancel Christmas, but you have to tone down plans. … There is light at the end of the tunnel." pic.twitter.com/S2sGATtzSB
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 22, 2020
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