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For most of 2020, the little socializing Anthony Fauci did involved the neighbors right next door.
Fauci has lived in the same neighborhood in northwest Washington, DC for more than 40 years, and the combination of his busy schedule and pandemic safety concerns confined his social life to a small radius.
“I haven’t gotten the day off in a year and three months,” Fauci told me recently.
When Fauci and his wife did gather with neighbors, they took no chances: The households stayed socially distanced and outdoors, even in the fall and winter when the weather got chilly.
“Whenever we would get together, we would do it outside, freezing our butts off, wearing a mask, having a dinner or having a drink outside in my deck,” he said.
Then Fauci, who has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, got vaccinated. In a much-photographed moment (see above), he got his first Moderna shot on December 22. In the months that followed, others in his age bracket followed suit.
Being fully vaccinated, Fauci said, has changed his behavior — but only slightly.
The biggest shift is that he and his neighbors have finally moved the party indoors: “We feel very comfortable in the house with no masks, and we can have physical contact and things like that,” he said.
But for now, he still won’t eat indoors at a restaurant or go to a movie theater.
“I don’t think I would — even if I’m vaccinated — go into an indoor, crowded place where people are not wearing masks,” Fauci said.
He’s not planning any travel, either: “I don’t really see myself going on any fun trips for a while,” he said.
Fauci’s caution, he said, stems from the “interesting crossroads” at which the US sits.
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