With much of the world under stay-at-home orders in order to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s come to light that some kids are worried about the Tooth Fairy contracting coronavirus. So in an attempt to learn how she can best protect the Tooth Fairy’s safety, Ava asked Dr. Fauci if the Tooth Fairy could contract the virus going in and out of the homes of children who have lost teeth?
“Can the Tooth Fairy still come if I lose my tooth because of the coronavirus,” Ava asked. “And can she catch the virus?”
To which Dr. Fauci replied saying, “I gotta tell you, Ava, I don’t think you need to worry about the Tooth Fairy. So when you get your tooth [to] fall out, stick it under the pillow and I’ll guarantee you that that Tooth Fairy is not going to get infected and is not gonna get sick.”
Additionally, Smith asked Dr. Fauci when he thinks kids will be allowed back in schools. Dr. Fauci went on to explain that there are a few factors that will come into play to make that decision.
“That’s totally dependent on what happens as to whether we get a rebound or not of the virus,” Fauci explained. “Not enough people I think have gotten infected to make it a true herd immunity. So what’s going to determine it is the penetrance of virus at a given time. If there’s still virus that’s lingering around there as we get to the new school season, there are going to be some locations that appropriately will be hesitant to get the kids back to school. If things look really quiet, not a lot of infections, many locations will be going back to school.”
Dr. Fauci Reassures 7-Year-Old the Tooth Fairy Can’t Catch Coronavirus
And they also discussed why COVID-19 has hit the African American community harder than any other. And while the health disparity has been very obvious during this time, Dr. Fauci also believes we can learn something very valuable from it.
“As is all situations associated with the disparities of health in minorities, particularly the African American community. And it’s really terrible because it’s just one of the failing so of our society is that African Americans have a disproportionate prevalence and incidence of the very comorbid conditions that put you at a high risk,” Fauci told Smith. “If you get infected, you’re going to have a poor outcome.”
The silver lining is how it’s shined a light on what disparities of health mean for the future. “I think this year has been obviously a bad year for us and the whole world, I don’t think it’s gonna go away completely,” Fauci continued.
“I think we’ll have a decline in cases as we get better control, and then I expect since its a very transmissibly efficient virus, that I don’t think it’s gonna go away but, we are working on a vaccine and I believe when we have enough baseline immunity in the community that this will be something your not gonna have to worry about for the rest of your life. It’s tough now, and it may be tough for another year, but this is something that will go away, I promise you.”
Fauci also added that “Between these outbreaks, we tend to complacent and say, ‘Oh, it’s not gonna happen,’ until it happens. And then you say, ‘Oh my God, it can happen.'” According to Fauci, plagues and outbreaks are things we have dealt with in the past and things we will continue to deal with in the future.
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