Dr. Anthony Fauci, along with several other members of the White House coronavirus task force, are taking precautions after possible exposure to the coronavirus. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and lead health expert on the White House’s coronavirus task force, has entered a “modified quarantine” for 14 days after making a “low risk” contact with a White House staffer who tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 79-year-old Fauci is expected to work mostly from home over the next two weeks. A spokesperson said: “Dr. Fauci has tested negative for COVID-19, and he will continue to be tested regularly. He is actively monitoring his temperature and other health indicators.” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, will also self-quarantine for 14 days after he was similarly exposed to the White House staffer with COVID-19, while Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, has already gone into quarantine.
Fauci is expected to testify in-person at a Senate hearing about the coronavirus pandemic next week, while Hahn and Redfield will testify by video conference.