NBC health expert, reported by network as coronavirus case, tested negative for it five times

NBC health expert, reported by network as coronavirus case, tested negative for it five times
Struggling with a disease to be named later. NBC Today Show video via Twitter

[Ed. – As the bottom video at this NBC report from 18 May indicates, the news team was well aware that Dr. Fair – a Ph.D. in molecular biology – had never tested positive for coronavirus, although he showed what seemed to be symptoms. Nevertheless, the network kept reporting him as a case of coronavirus.  Did the hospital do so?  The problem is that we don’t know.  If virus statistics are to drive disruptive public policy, it’s not OK to have experts and media just assuming that infections are COVID-19.  We are justified in being skeptical about the case numbers reported to us (and the death numbers, for that matter; deaths can’t be faked, but they can be misattributed).]

After NBC News extensively followed the COVID-19 case of its own on-air contributor Dr. Joseph Fair, the virologist and epidemiologist revealed he tested negative for coronavirus as well as negative for the WuFlu antibodies, meaning he never had the virus.

“Joining me now [is] virologist Joseph Fair, who recently recovered from COVID-19 himself,” the network’s Chuck Todd said introducitng the doctors on a June episode of “Meet the Press.”

“Dr. Fair, let me start with  you because I would like you to share a little bit about your recovery from COVID-19. What should Americans take away from your experience?” Todd asked.

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Fair however, had already tested negative for the virus at least five times according to Steve Krakauer of the Fourth Watch Newsletter and said this week his illness from two months ago “remains an undiagnosed mystery” following the results of a negative antibody test.

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