Remarkably, the Smithsonian began planning a new exhibition, well before the COVID-19 outbreak, about disease and its impact throughout the history of the United States. The show, entitled In Sickness and In Health, planned to highlight outbreaks of smallpox, cholera, and yellow fever. Now, it will be incorporated into a larger exhibition that also covers COVID-19 and Fauci’s contributions to public health.
In April of last year, the museum began efforts to acquire objects related to the pandemic through its Rapid Response Collecting Task Force. The museum also launched Stories of 2020, a digital platform to collect and document the peoples' experience of the past year.
During the museum’s live-streamed Great Americans Awards Program, Fauci said of the pandemic so far, “Decades from now, people will be talking about the experience that we went through.”