Fauci says Santa Claus won't be spreading coronavirus due to 'innate immunity'
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The government is advising against family gatherings during the holidays amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight health care: AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is up to 90 percent effective It's time for COVID-19 disaster relief ... for mothers Fauci: US could see 'well over 300,000' COVID-19 deaths MORE says December's most prolific traveler is not at risk of spreading COVID-19.

"Santa is exempt from this because Santa, of all the good qualities, has a lot of good innate immunity," said Fauci in an interview with USA Today this week.

Among Santa Claus's other well-known superhuman abilities, such as his magical reindeer and ability to deliver billions of gifts in a single night, he is immune to the coronavirus.


"Santa is not going to be spreading any infections to anybody," Fauci said.

Still, St. Nick and his helpers have been taking precautions this year to steer clear of attracting crowds to his traditional shopping mall setups, appearing in Zoom calls settings and in some cases behind clear plastic safety glass in public places where social distancing can be practiced.

"Santa does not want the kids to line up waiting to see him because he doesn't want to spread germs. Santa gets sad if the kids or their families are sick," said Gina Song, a pediatrician at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill.

"So this year, Santa will be watching you from afar, giving you the gift of good health and will only visit when no one is around on Christmas Eve," Song added.