Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the voice of reason has helped so many people get through this pandemic, but his sound advice hasn't always been taken the way he intended.
Some of his words have been misconstrued and taken out of context by the media, which has created even more confusion around the safety and social distancing guidelines.
In a recent chat with Business Insider, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that his statements regarding the pandemic have created controversy in the media because of some bad actors who have tried to twist his words and paint him as a villain.
But the disease expert says that he has gotten used to it and doesn't allow the critics to stop him from spreading information that could save millions of lives.
One of his recent statements that caused controversy was related to supplements. The director told actress Jennifer Garner that the best supplements to take during the pandemic to boost immunity are vitamin C and vitamin D.
Garner went live with the physician on her Instagram to talk about health and immunity, during which he revealed that his favorite vitamins to take are C and D, both of which he recommends to people who want to strengthen their immune system against infections.
As expected, he faced some serious backlash from the critics who claimed that Fauci knew something about the ongoing pandemic that he wasn't letting on to the public.
But the physician fired back with a statement that he never claimed that vitamins were a surefire way to prevent viral infections. Instead, he was simply answering Garner's question about which supplements he takes and their benefits for the immune system.
Fauci maintains that taking supplements to boost the immune system will only do so much to protect you against the virus. According to him, the best way to control the pandemic and flatten the curve is by practicing social distancing guidelines, maintaining good personal hygiene, and wearing masks in public.
He also explained that most people haven't been getting enough vitamin D even since the lockdown began which is why it is important to take it in the form of supplements to reduce the risk of deficiencies.
The doctor also stresses the importance of consuming vitamin-C-rich foods which help in the absorption of iron and other essential vitamins and minerals.
According to experts, you don't need more than 100mg of vitamin C a day, which you can get from a cup of strawberries or two cups of kale.