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Wrong again: Fauci’s fear college football games would become Covid super-spreaders falls flat

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In what can only be described as an aberration, NBC fact-checkers found that the nation’s most notorious immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was incorrect in his judgment that college football games would be super-spreaders of the COVID virus.

NBC reporter Shaquille Brewster reported on “Today” Saturday that packed stadiums for sporting events have not been the source of any surge in cases of the virus, saying simply that “it never happened.”

“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-spreader events. A frightening prospect at the time with hospitals already on the brink.”

Fauci appeared on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” in September with the congenitally wrong and hyperbolic Joy Reid who said of college football games. “I mean, what I understood about COVID from the — as we have learned about it, is that the worst thing you can do, besides not being vaccinated and not wearing a mask, is for people around you to be shouting, singing.”

(Video: MSNBC via MRC)

She asked Fauci, “-what was your sort of immediate thought when you saw all of those fans packed into stadiums in Texas, Wisconsin and elsewhere? As soon as I saw it, I thought COVID is about to have a feast. What did you think?”

“I thought the same thing. I think it’s really unfortunate,” Fauci said.

“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.

Brewster pointed out in his report that factors such as holding events at outdoor venues, a bump in vaccinations during the recent surge and increased natural immunity after the Delta variant ran its course through the younger population of the country were responsible for the decline in cases.

“You see it on TV and it looks really scary because we’re not used to seeing that anymore. But in reality, I think the exposure isn’t as great as we think it is,” Dr. Cindy Prinz added.

OutKick founder Clay Travis reported in September that Fauci’s prediction simply “hasn’t materialized,” according to Fox News.

“There’s been a 35% decline in Georgia, 32% decline in South Carolina, 30% decline in Mississippi, 22% decline in Arkansas, 23% in Alabama, 9% in Texas. Every single SEC state where millions of people have gone to college football games has not led to a feast of COVID as Doctor Fauci predicted,” Travis said.

(Video: Fox News)

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