Dr. Anthony Fauci is celebrating his 80th birthday on Christmas Eve at home. This is something that he is continuously advising millions of Americans to do as the country is impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic this holiday season.
The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Fauci have been actively advising everyone to follow social-distancing and limit holiday gatherings to slow down the spread of the virus.
Fauci talked to the media and said, he normally celebrates his birthday and Christmas Eve with an Italian dinner at the home of his sister in Alexandria, Virginia. The Fauci family also has a holiday tradition of making timpano, an Italian pasta cake.
This year, he would rather stay home in Washington, D.C. with his wife of 35 years, Christine Grady — who is also the chief of the bioethics department at NIH Clinical Center. He opted to make the timpano dish while his three adult daughters, who are scattered across the country, watched remotely.
He told in his post, "It turned out perfectly." "The pressure was on. If I had messed it up and it had fallen apart out of the pot it would have been very embarrassing."
Fauci’s father lived to be 97, told media that worked every day since January, focused on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. "There is no option to get tired. There is no option to sit down and say ‘I’m sorry, I’ve had enough,’" he told the newspaper.