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Fauci email dump includes ‘sick’ March Madness-style virus bracket

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The Dr. Anthony Fauci email dump includes a puzzling image — a March Madness-style tournament bracket of fatal diseases, in which coronavirus emerges as champion.

The image is titled “Dr. Fauci’s March Madness Bracketology Picks.” It is dated March 11, 2020, and signed “—Tony F.”

In the morbid pool, coronavirus — top-seeded out of the East region — defeats a field that included such dreaded diseases as Ebola, H1N1, Zika, herpes, and measles.

Whether it was a weak attempt at gallows humor among Fauci and his friends, or a published cartoon being forwarded around, isn’t clear. But the image did generate shock on social media.

“Gross,” one user tweeted. “These people are sick,” tweeted another.

During “March Madness” — the trademarked nickname for the NCAA’s annual basketball championship tournament — bar patrons and office workers commonly engage in such low-stakes “bracket” pools.

This very odd march madness bracket of infectious diseases. It seems to be sent from John Brooks of the CDC.
This very odd march madness bracket of infectious diseases. It seems to be sent from John Brooks of the CDC.
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The image was included in 3,200+ pages of emails published by Buzzfeed News. The website obtained the messages through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

It’s not clear whether or not the bracket was sent to Fauci — the page does not include email headers or redaction marks (which are common throughout the other released records).

The page does include the apparent email signature of John T. Brooks of the federal Centers for Disease Control. Brooks’ signature notes he was Chief Medical Officer, CDC COVID-19 Response.

March Madness
The NCAA is famously territorial over its March Madness trademark.
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Brooks did not return a voicemail message. The CDC and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — which Fauci has directed since 1984 — did not return requests for comment.

The NCAA — which is famously territorial over its March Madness trademark — also did not return a request for comment.



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