Will Smith Talks to Dr Anthony Fauci about Prevalence of COVID-19 in African American Community

Will Smith chats with Dr. Anthony Fauci about COVID-19 and the challenges surrounding the prevalence rates of the virus among people in the African-American community.

The director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joined Will Smith on his Snapchat show "Will at Home."

The topic of discussion was the statistics behind the prevalence of COVID-19 among people in the African-America community.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, predicted on Wednesday that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be "imprinted on the personality of our nation" for years to come.⁣ ⁣ The stark comments represented a new kind of diagnosis from the country's top infectious disease expert, who has emerged a steadying fixture in the national consciousness as one of the top government officials working to both combat and better understand the coronavirus.⁣ ⁣ In a podcast interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta, the 79-year-old physician and immunologist elaborated on the "profound" mental and emotional burdens brought by the virus, made evident during conversations with his three daughters. More at the link in bio.⁣ ⁣ 📷 Getty⁣ ⁣ #anthonyfauci #coronavirus #covid19 ⁣

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Dr. Fauci confirmed with Smith that the alarming statistics were accurate reflections of the disparities affecting the country, he admitted:

"It's really terrible, because it's just one of the failings of our society, that African-Americans have a disproportionate prevalence."

The doctor explained that other underlying factors, which have also been prevalent in the African-American communities, are a concern during the pandemic.

He said that health conditions such as obesity, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension are putting people at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has gone from esteemed medical leader to one of the most important individuals combating coronavirus. If you've been paying attention to the White House coronavirus task force briefings, you're no doubt familiar with him. As the director of the National Institute of Allergy an Infectious Diseases, he's been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic response — and he's among the most-qualified people for the job. Fauci has been fighting epidemics for over 30 years.⁣ ⁣ Since becoming director of the NIAID in 1984, Fauci has been a key figure in fighting HIV/AIDS, Swine Flu, SARS and most recently, the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Suffice to say, he's highly respected across the world, and was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2008.⁣ ⁣ As one of the faces of the White House's response to the coronavirus, Fauci has come under some criticism (and celebration) for disagreeing with President Trump's messaging — but it's important to remember his non-partisan credentials. Fauci has advised six presidents on infectious diseases. At 79, he's still passionate about his work, and refreshingly candid about the facts of our current state of emergency.⁣ ⁣ His role as public educator has taken him beyond White House press briefings, with widely-publicized interviews with @stephencurry30, @phillydefranco and @trevornoah, among others. And no matter the audience, Fauci is clear. #StayHome, keep social distancing and wash those hands. Follow the link in our bio for all of our resources and up-to-date reporting on the coronavirus pandemic 👆⁣ ⁣ 📸 @gettyimages ⁣ #fauci #anthonyfauci #coronavirus #covid19 #hiv #aids #whitehousepandemicoffice

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In the sneak peek for Smith's upcoming episode, Dr. Fauci revealed that people in the African American community, who have been infected are likely to have poorer outcomes.

He pointed out that the challenges of the pandemic has been "a bright shining light on what disparities of health mean."

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Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that White House officials are “very concerned” that the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting the African American community. “We don’t want to give the impression that the African American community is more susceptible to the virus. We don’t have any data that suggests that. What our data suggests is they are more susceptible to more difficult and severe disease and poorer outcomes.” Fauci, who sits on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said when the pandemic is over, “there will still be health disparities which we really do need to address in the African-American community.” For more politics news, follow @cheddarpolitics. . . . #coronavirus #coronaviruspandemic #pandemic #virus #covid19 #news #politics #health #healthcare #healthcareworkers #government #presidenttrump #whitehouse #anthonyfauci #coronavirustaskforce

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During their virtual chat, Smith and Dr. Fauci were joined by young guests, who had a few questions about the pandemic

A teenager asked if the virus would ever go away, and he reassured him that once a vaccine is approved the virus would be under control. 

Will Smith arrived on the red carpet for the premiere of "Concussion" on December 16, 2015, New York City | Source: Getty Images  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Will Smith arrived on the red carpet for the premiere of "Concussion" on December 16, 2015, New York City | Source: Getty Images  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Seven-year-old Ava had another pressing issue when she asked if a visit from the tooth fairy would make her susceptible to COVID-19 and if the tooth fairy could also get infected. Dr. Fauci  responded:

"I don't think you have to worry…the tooth fairy is not going to get infected and is not going to get sick."

Smith had previously discussed he concerns with the pandemic during an episode of "The Red Table Talk" with his family.

He revealed that he gained a lot of knowledge about viruses from medical experts when he was preparing to play the role of a virologist named Dr. Robert Neville in the movie "I Am Legend."

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