(CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci has become one of the most recognizable names in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Fauci about his personal life, career and navigating his current position straddling both science and politics.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: This is so different, Sanjay, than any anything else that I've experienced, despite the, you know, 40-plus years I've been doing this.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: That's Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force. He's now one of the most recognizable leaders fighting this pandemic.
Fauci's signature gravelly voice -- a result of the copious press conferences, briefings and interviews he's been doing -- combined with his calm, evidence-based assurances, have become such a comfort to Americans lately that when he missed two White House briefings in a row, the hashtag #whereisdrfauci started trending on Twitter.
Even at the age of 79, the nation's top infectious disease doctor has been working around the clock. But he found time to talk to me for this episode.
I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent. And this is "Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction."
We've seen Dr. Fauci in front of the cameras at the White House briefings answering reporters' questions. His advice to the nation has had a profound effect on how we are all navigating this crisis.
But behind the cameras, when he's not working, Tony Fauci and his family are adapting to this new reality much like the rest of us.
I asked him how he's coping on a personal level.
Dr. Fauci: You know, I'm doing fine, Sanjay. It's very exhausting. I think maybe about three or four weeks ago, I realized that I was really running myself completely into the ground. And it was the wisdom of my wife -- who is the head of the Department of Bioethics at the NIH but before that she was a nurse and still is a nurse, and she's a pretty good clinician -- and she sort of said, "Tony, you