Dr. Anthony Fauci recently shared heartbreaking news about his family’s personal experience with COVID-19.
Speaking with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health last week, Dr. Fauci shared that his daughter Alison’s boyfriend’s brother died as a result of complications of the virus.
During the event, moderated by Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Fauci was asked if any of his family members had been affected by the coronavirus.
“the answer is yes, a few, but one in particular,” the nation’s top infectious disease specialist responded. “My youngest daughter’s boyfriend’s brother is a 32-year-old young man, athletic, healthy, who got COVID_19 and had one of the unusual complications of cardiomyopathy with an arrhythmia and died.”
“So there you have a 32-year-old young man, otherwise healthy actually, quite athletic and strong, who died,” he continued.
The brother’s death “really saddened my daughter greatly,” Dr. Fauci said.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shared the story to exemplify how the virus can affect people of any age.
“You don’t want to overwhelm the general public, but you want them to at least understand that you’re dealing with real suffering, and real disease, and real loss in the form of death of loved ones,” he told Dr. Gupta.
“There has to be motivation enough for at least most of the people to adhere to the public health issues and public health recommendations that we make,” he continued.
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