Fauci orders takeout a few times a week: ‘I feel badly about restaurants losing business’

November 12, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been continuously giving educated and reliable advice on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The disease expert shared that he frequently orders takeout food to support struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, CNBC reports.

“I feel badly about restaurants losing business,” Fauci said. “And I feel it’s almost a neighborly obligation to keep neighborhood restaurants afloat.”

Fauci currently lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Christine Grady.

“Even though I can cook at home, several nights a week I go out for takeout purely to support those places,” Fauci said.

According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 100,000 restaurants have closed due to the deadly virus as of September. Since closing, businesses in the United States have lost an estimated $240 billion in revenue.

While businesses still struggle, Americans are anxiously awaiting an answer when life will go back to normal.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert reports that Americans are closer to a COVID-19 vaccine that may restore a sense of normalcy.

Fauci predicted that in early December, experts would know whether a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. However, the doctor said that widespread availability would probably not happen until next year.

“We will know whether a vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November, beginning of December,” Fauci said. “The amount of doses that will be available in December will not certainly be enough to vaccinate everybody -- you’ll have to wait several months into 2021.”

Fauci added that the vaccination of a “substantial proportion of the population” that could have a “significant impact on the dynamics of the outbreak” may not be possible until mid-April.

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