After the cases of Wuhan coronavirus began surging across the country in a predicted seasonal pattern, Coronavirus Task Force member Anthony Fauci declared that more restrictions were going to be imposed and Americans needed to, “Do what you’re are told“.

Shortly afterward, social media was filled with posts likening Dr. Fauci to Dr. Seuss’ infamous Grinch:

Perhaps realizing that the panicked reporting on the pandemic has millions of children worried that Good St. Nick may get ill, Fauci has officially announced that Santa is immune to the virus.

Santa will be spreading lots of joy — not COVID-19 — when he visits millions of homes this Christmas.

That’s because Kris Kringle is immune to coronavirus, according to the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

“Santa is exempt from this because Santa, of all the good qualities, has a lot of good innate immunity,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told USA Today.

I suspect the statement is partly driven by the realization by Fauci that his popularity with regular Americans is rapidly waning, along with their patience. However, it must be pointed out, Santa has come down with the flu in previous years.

“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 Dr. Gina Song, a pediatrician at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital. “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.”

History tells us that, even if Santa is in fact immune to COVID-19, he is vulnerable to a different illness: the flu. He’s gotten sick from it in the past. More than a hundred years ago, on Dec. 6, 1918, the St. Paul Daily News announced that “SANTA CLAUS IS DOWN WITH THE FLU.” That year, Santa was unable to attend many of his big department store visits.

I would like to take this opportunity to assure children Santa will be able to visit this year.

In fact, he is going to have lots of extra time to visit this year . . . because there are so many people now on his naughty list.

The list surely includes Gov. Gavin “French Laundry” Newsom, whose harsh, new coronavirus curfew is going to be ignored by many California sheriffs.

A California sheriff says she will not enforce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new coronavirus curfew, according to reports.

Newsom announced a number of measures on Thursday, including limited stay-at-home orders and overnight curfews for nonessential work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. every Saturday until Dec. 21.

Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims, however, said she wouldn’t be penalizing residents who didn’t follow the curfew, FOX 26 reported.

“We’ve got a lot of things to do, including taking guns away from gang members, stopping narcotic trafficking, and saving children from internet predators,” Mims said during a video briefing Thursday afternoon.

“We’re not gonna make criminals of normally law-abiding citizens.”

The department will not set up any checkpoints or pull over people to verify their reason for being out past curfew, Mims added.

Other law enforcement agencies plan to take a similarly hands-off approach to the curfew.

Merced County sheriff’s deputies, Madera police, Visalia police and Kings County deputies all plan to continue business as usual rather than refocus on the curfew.

I would conclude this post by dedicating my favorite Christmas carol to both Fauci and Newsom:

 

 
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