What does Fauci-ing mean?

Avoiding dating someone due to covid, also known as ‘Fauci-ing’

Have you ever called it quits on a potential love interest because they didn’t take the Covid pandemic seriously? If so, you’ve been ‘Fauci-ing’. This term refers to the act of turning down a romantic partner who is careless about Covid safety measures, such as vaccination or mask-wearing.

‘Fauci-ing’ emerged in the chaotic world of pandemic dating. In these times, people aren’t just seeking a partner who’s physically attractive and great to hang out with. They’re also looking for someone who respects the same Covid safety guidelines they do.

This trend is so significant that it’s even been given a name: ‘Fauci-ing’, inspired by Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert. If a potential match doesn’t follow the rules set out by Dr. Fauci and the CDC, for many, that’s a deal-breaker.

The dating app ‘Plenty of Fish’ was the first to identify this phenomenon and label it as ‘Fauci-ing’. This term first appeared in November 2020 and is now widely used to describe the practice of filtering out romantic prospects based on their pandemic behavior.

Example for using ‘Fauci-ing’ in a conversation

Hey, I heard you went on a date last night, how did it go? πŸ˜ƒ

It was okay, but I think I might have to start ‘Fauci-ing’ from now on. 😷

‘Fauci-ing’? What’s that? πŸ€”

It’s when you don’t date someone because they’re not taking COVID precautions seriously. Like if they’re anti-mask or anti-vaxx. 🚫😷