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Santa Claus has ‘innate immunity’ to COVID-19, Dr. Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told USA Today that Santa has immunity to COVID-19. Can we get his DNA?

Tyler Rapsey with daughter Isabelle visits with Santa Claus, with safety protocols in place, at Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, Pa., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
Tyler Rapsey with daughter Isabelle visits with Santa Claus, with safety protocols in place, at Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, Pa., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently said Santa Claus has “innate immunity” the novel coronavirus.

What’s happening:

Fauci recently told USA Today that Santa Claus is exempt from the normal coronavirus guidelines because he has immunity to the virus.

  • “Santa is exempt from this because Santa, of all the good qualities, has a lot of good innate immunity,” Fauci told USA Today. “Santa is not going to be spreading any infections to anybody.”

Santa is an exception to the rules, though. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that everyone else washes their hands, stays physically distant from others and wears face masks whenever they can.

Santa Claus is exempt around the world

Frank Vandenbroucke, the health minister for Belgium, sent a letter to Santa Claus in November that said Santa is free to not wear a mask. He said the rules might interfere with Santa Claus’ ability to deliver gifts, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Santa Claus is also accepting special letters throughout the next few weeks for any gift requests. It’s good to hear that the jolly ol’ elf — who is overweight and older, which are two signs of severe infection of COVID-19 — will get through this trying time.