Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks at a Senate committee on health, education, labor and pensions on the consultation on the work of returning to work and school during coronavirus (COVID-19), in Washington, DC, DC, June 30, 2020.
Al Drago | Reuters
White House Health Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that he and his family have demanded continued security in the face of harassment and death threats from people angry about his guidance on the coronavirus pandemic.
"The unnecessary things that crises bring to the world, bring out the best in people and the worst in people, and make death threats against my family and harass my daughters to the point where I have to be safe ̵
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been assigned a reinforced security team since at least early April after he and his family received serious threats over his efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
"I would not have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who oppose things that are pure public health principles are so obsessed with it and do not like what you and I say, namely in the world of science, that they actually threaten you, "in Fauci.
"I mean, it's just weird to me," he added.
Fauci and Trump administration officials have often had opposing views on how best to contain coronavirus, which has infected approximately 4.8 million people in the United States, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Guidelines for public safety such as the use of face masks, social distancing and avoiding large crowds have become a point of contention in the United States and have hindered efforts to reduce the spread of infections.
"There is a certain degree of anti-scientific sentiment in this country," Fauci said.
"I think it's not just related to science, it's almost related to authority and a distrust of authority that is contagious because in some respects, researchers because they try to present data can be seen … as being an authoritative figure, "he said.