An NBC medical expert who was brought on air nearly a dozen times to detail his struggle with COVID-19 never had the virus, he revealed this week.
After believing he had the coronavirus in spite of getting negative
tests, virologist and NBC News science contributor Dr. Joseph Fair
tweeted Tuesday that he had tested negative for the antibodies and that
the illness that hospitalized him in May "remains an undiagnosed
mystery." Steve Krakauer reported on the developments for his Fourth
Today host Hoda Kotb noted during the interview that Fair had
received four negative tests for the virus but said, "clearly you have
it." Fellow host Craig Melvin called Fair's "false negative" tests
"scary," and cohost Savannah Guthrie called it a "cautionary tale."
NBC News still has an uncorrected story on its website from May 14 with the headline, "Virologist hospitalized with coronavirus believes he got it through his eyes."