He is the small, grey-haired, bespeckled man who has become the most trustworthy source of any information regarding the novel virus.
The man, the legend, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, head of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health has been at the helm of the fight against coronavirus outbreak in the US. He is the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases and has a huge burden of responsibility riding on his shoulder. He is the small, grey-haired, bespeckled man who has become the most trustworthy source of any information regarding the novel virus. And all these pressures of a global pandemic, that has now reached new levels in the United States, is something that would keep him up at night. That is if he even went to bed in the first place.
The 79-year-old doctor who has been an advisor to both Democratic, as well as Republican presidents over the course of his career, has now become the "explainer-in-chief" of the coronavirus. In an interview with the New York Times, the doctor revealed that he has barely been getting four to five hours of sleep these days due to the intensity of the situation. "We are in a war," he said. "I mean, I actually think this is exactly what generals or leaders in real, you know, violent combat wars feel." Every waking hour he is working, which is almost 20 hours every day. But talking about the grueling hours he said, "I’m sucking it up because you got to do it."
"I'm with the president for hours at a time," Dr. Fauci said. "I see the president himself at least an hour a day and maybe more. And then I go back home and I have a thousand things to do. And then you're lucky if you get to bed before midnight." With the public looking up to him for clear and honest information, he is always kept on his toes. "It’s like drinking out of a fire hose. I mean you get up. There’s a lot of people who need information," he said. "There are journalists, there are congressmen, there are governors, there are legislators that constantly need a briefing." He is also responsible for the many clarifications that have to be made after White House briefings, including when he famously said, "The virus determines the timeline, not us."
He's doing his best to keep it real during these difficult times. But in the process, the doctor is forgetting to take care of himself. "I try to get him to rest, to drink water, to eat well, to sleep, and to be selective about what he agrees to and say no to some things," Christine Grady, Fauci's wife of 26 years told CNBC. Grady who is a nurse bioethicist is looking out for her husband, just as her husband is looking out for the rest of the country. The doctor who used to run seven miles a day every day, according to Business Insider, in light of the pandemic has cut it down to 3.5 miles and his runs have now mostly become short power walks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci works 20-hour days and his wife reminds him to eat, sleep and hydrate. https://t.co/al7aSvHwJ3— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 2, 2020
"We are trying to get some sleep and eat as regularly as possible, washing our hands all the time and cleaning surfaces and anything we touch, especially when coming in from outside,” Grady says that they are trying their best to take care of themselves in spite of their demanding jobs.