Dr. Fauci told MSNBC's Joy Reid on Sept. 7 2021 that he feared that the upcoming college football season would turn out to be a series of "superspreader" events. This has not proven the be the case, however.
Reid asked Fauci right off the bat about the issue of college football:
"What was your immediate thought when you saw all of those fans packed into stadiums Texas, Wisconsin, and elsewhere? As soon as I saw it, I thought, 'COVID's about to have a feast.' What did you think?" Fauci's reply was:
"I thought the same thing. I think it's really unfortunate."
"People would like to say, 'We're done with COVID,' but COVID is not done with us. And that's really the problem — that you can't wish it away."
"When you have the numbers of infections that you just mentioned a moment ago, I mean, I would hope that most of the people in that stadium were vaccinated — and even if they were, the close, congregate setting — they should have been wearing masks."
"... You would imagine that when you were in a sports arena where everyone is screaming and yelling that if, in fact, anybody — and I would be very surprised if that were not the case — if anyone in that crowd is infected, they're spreading the virus around,"
According to the Blaze, however, "Those super-spreader events college football games were supposed to become never materialized."
The Blaze referred to a Saturday broadcast of NBC's "Today" show, where Shaquille Brewster completely debunked the "superspreader" theory.
"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. All while doctors warned of games becoming potential super spread events."
"A frightening prospect at the time with hospitals already on the brink. But it never happened. COVID hospitalizations, and deaths now all down nationwide."
"Cases are now in steep decline in every college football state across the South, including Florida where hospitalizations fell 64% last month."