Dr. Anthony Fauci attended a zoom interview with Kim Kardashian and several other celebrities to discuss coronavirus measures.
The director of NIAID joined a number of A-Listers earlier this year who attended the call in April, when the pandemic was in its early stages, to learn about the virus, face masks, hand washing and all the other new measures we had to adapt in 2020.
“There were quite a few movie stars and some athletes, and they wanted to know what they could do to stay safe, wear masks and avoid crowds,” Fauci told CNN. “I was impressed by the questions they asked, by their level and sophistication.
Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, 2 Chainz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk were confirmed by Fauci as interlocutors. A total of 36 celebrities are said to have been involved.
As head of the White House COVID 19 Task Force, Fauci said that giving the word to celebrities with huge platforms would help spread awareness of the pandemic and the precautions needed to stay safe and healthy.
“Each of them has an enormous number of followers in their social media coverage,” he said. “I could tell them, for example, that it’s important to wear a mask, and they go into their accounts and say, ‘wear a mask,’ and it goes out to another two million people.
Apparently the call was organized by Kim Kardashian after she saw Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on Good Morning America.
Adams appealed to influencers like Kardashian’s younger sister, Kylie Jenner, to use their platforms to spread information about the virus and encourage their young fans to wear face masks.
On CNN, actress Mila Kunis Fauci asked about his eating habits during the call, especially whether he ate take-out.
“I told her that I feel bad when restaurants suffer business losses and that it is almost a neighborly duty to keep restaurants in the neighborhood afloat. Although I can cook at home, I therefore go out for takeout several times a week just to support these restaurants,” Fauci said.
He added: “I told her that the only thing she could do instead of worrying was to wash her hands,” Fauci recalled.
Last week, Twitter suspended former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he called for Fauci’s beheading in a video that has since been removed from YouTube.