NBC fact-checks Faucis fear that college football games would be COVID super-spreaders and it Never happened
Written by Peter Boykin on October 18, 2021
NBC fact-checks Fauci's fear that college football games would be COVID super-spreaders Never happened
A report on NBC’s “Today” Saturday fact-checked Dr. Anthony Fauci’s fear – made on its cable arm MSNBC – of a dramatic COVID-19 surge from crowded football stadiums, saying it “never happened.”
NBC reporter Shaquille Brewster reported packed stadiums for sporting events have not become “super-spreader events” for the coronavirus.
“For weeks, crowds in the tens of thousands, mostly unmasked, have sat side-by-side now cheering on their teams at the halfway point of the season,” Brewster reported. “All while doctors warned of games becoming potential super-spreaders events. A frightening prospect at the time with hospitals already on the brink.”
Brewster cited Fauci’s theory that packed college games would lead to rising COVID cases during an appearance in September on MSNBC.
“But it never happened,” Brewster said, adding, “Cases are now in steep decline in every college football state across the south. Including Florida, where hospitalizations fell 64 percent last month, even as some 90,000 fans packed the [University of Florida] Gators’ stadium.”
“It definitely gives me less anxiety at that time as I see an increased number of vaccinated people. And a decrease, in the dwindling numbers. For sure,” Dr. Hiren Pokharna said.
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