Dr. Anthony Fauci tests negative for the coronavirus

The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is also a member of the White House coronavirus task force, has tested negative for the illness, he said Sunday.

Fauci was responding to a reporter’s question about why he was not wearing a face mask during the White House’s daily press briefing when he shared the test results.

“The major reason to wear a face mask, is to protect you from infecting you,” Fauci said while pointing into the press gallery.

“I had my test yesterday and it’s negative,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued new guidance recommending Americans voluntarily wear face coverings to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Trump administration, CDC and public health officials have all wavered on the issue of face masks since the pandemic broke out, initially telling healthy people such measures were unnecessary or even counter-productive.

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