Dr. Anthony Fauci tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, but the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden’s chief medical adviser is said to be experiencing only mild symptoms.
Fauci, already among the leading infectious disease specialists, has become one of the most prominent public health figures in the battle against COVID-19.
Now 81 years old, Fauci has been fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice, according to the NIH, which released a statement following his positive test.
“Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home,” it was announced. “He has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials.”
Fauci discovered he was positive after taking a rapid antigen test, the institute said. He will “follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical advice from his physician,” it was added and will return to the office when he tests negative.
Fauci is being treated with the antiviral medication Paxlovid, CNN reported.
In January, Fauci said in an interview that the “best-case scenario” for both Americans and others worldwide would be to “learn to live with” COVID-19.
Throughout the pandemic, his calls for caution—including mask-wearing and social distancing—coupled with a virus that soon became a political grenade, made him a target of critics. Fauci also has his admirers, including the actor Brad Pitt, who warmly impersonated him on “Saturday Night Live” in April 2020.
In Greece, where the use of masks is no longer required in much of the country—and in the U.S., where testing requirements for international travelers entering the country have been dropped—COVID-19 cases have ticked up in recent days. There were 9,288 new reported cases of the virus in Greece in the last 24 hours and 15 deaths, according to government figures.