~ If you get dumped in the next few months, you may need to ask yourself: Did I just get Fauci’d?
A new dating trend called “Fauci-ing,” or declining to date someone if they don’t appear to take the novel virus seriously enough, has begun making waves on the internet.
The term, and its definition, were coined by dating app Plenty of Fish, which included Fauci-ing in its annual list of the top dating trends to expect in the new year.
The list, released in November, also warned singles to watch out for “maskerading,” where a potential partner only pretends to care about wearing masks and COVID-19 for the sole purpose of dating you, and “apocalypsing,” where you treat every relationship like it’s your last and get too serious too quick.
In an interview with “Axios on HBO” Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci himself was asked about the new trend.
Asked if he had heard of “Fauci-ing,” the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said “no” before asking, “What does it mean?”
After being told that it is defined as “cutting off a relationship if you don’t think that that other person is serious enough about social distancing and taking the pandemic seriously,” Fauci burst into laughter.
“I’m gonna ‘Fauci’ you,” he joked, continuing to laugh.
The Biden coronavirus adviser has been married to Christine Grady since 1985.
The two, he revealed during the interview, planned to spend Valentine’s Day having a quiet dinner at home alone.
Still, he acknowledged the strain young people must face trying to navigate dating in a pandemic.
“It would be really frustrating to essentially semi-isolate yourself at a time when you’re trying to explore social interactions with people,” Fauci said, “That leads to a considerable amount of stress and maybe even depression on the part of some people.”