"I am fine. I'm physically fine. All I do all day long is brief people. … I just need to keep my mouth shut for a little while," Dr. Fauci says when @savannahguthrie asks about his voice pic.twitter.com/WQG1qsDHET
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 2, 2020
America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was queried about his own health on Thursday as he croaked his way through an interview about the coronavirus crisis.
“Are you OK? Your voice does not sound great,” Savannah Guthrie asked the hoarse-sounding doctor who serves on the White House coronavirus task force as he spoke on the “Today” show.
“No, I am fine,” Fauci insisted, adding, “I’m physically fine.”
The 79-year-old doctor then insisted his voice was just suffering from constant work during the crisis, which he admitted was growing worse
“All I do all day long is brief people,” he told Guthrie, joking, “I just need to keep my mouth shut for a little while and it will get better.”
Chuckling, Guthrie told him, “Well, tea with a little honey and lemon for the doctor, OK?”
Fauci also waved off security concerns after it emerged he had to get his own guards following threats to his safety.
“I’ve chosen this life. I know what it is,” he told Guthrie.
“There are things about it that are sometimes that are disturbing, but you just focus on the job you have to do and just put all that other stuff aside.
“We have a really very, very difficult situation ahead of us. All of that other stuff is just secondary,” he insisted.