According to a new book
, Dr. Anthony Fauci
was concerned that he might be a "dead duck" after opening a letter in the mail and an unknown white powder puffed up onto his face and chest.
Following the terrifying scare on August 27, last year, the infectious disease expert's team allegedly "hosed him down to his skivvies in a chemical lab."
According to The Washington Post
's Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta's new book, "Nightmare Scenario," which Politico
previewed Thursday, they made him "stand naked
in what looked like a kiddy pool as they awaited the result of tests on the substance."
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases suspected the substance was anthrax, ricin, or a horrifying prank.
According to Politico, Fauci exhaled “a sigh of relief a few hours later when the results came back negative for both deadly substances.”
Abutaleb and Paletta blamed the scare on then-President Donald Trump
, whose criticisms of Fauci's recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic
contributed to death
threats against the scientist and his family