Dr. Anthony Fauci Is Looking Forward to Ordering a Burger and a Beer in a Bar Post-COVID-19

Kristin Salaky
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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

From Prevention

By now, we’ve all fantasized about what we’ll do once the COVID-19 vaccines become widely available (and once doctors declare it safe after community spread goes down). It’s basically become a meme at this point, with people sharing everything from their simple dreams, like having a cocktail with friends inside a cozy bar, to more elaborate wishes, like taking fancy trips and throwing parties. It seems like not even top health officials are immune (pun totally intended) from dreaming up post-COVID-19 fantasy days—even Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert spoke with 94.7 The Wave host Maggie McKay to discuss a plethora of topics including the thing he’s most looking forward to once it’s safe, and it’s an activity we can all probably relate to missing: having a beer and a burger in a bar. Dr. Fauci said he and his wife haven’t really done much other than take-out since February and he’s looking forward to getting back to that tradition.

“It’s a simple thing, but just to go to a restaurant or to a bar where I get home late at night from work. My wife works here at the NIH with me and we almost every night go home together. It’s usually pretty late, I think we’re both kind of in the category of workaholics,” he explained. “And what I used to like a lot was, rather than go home and cook, to just on the way home stop at a favorite small restaurant or a bar and sit there and have a beer and a hamburger or something and just relax.”

For now, though, Dr. Fauci is still urging people to be cautious. He and his family did not gather for Christmas this year and had their typical dinner over Zoom (he also celebrated his birthday, Christmas Eve, that way too).

You can watch the full interview here.

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