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.
<p>The image is titled “Dr. Fauci’s March Madness Bracketology Picks.” It is dated March 11, 2020, and signed “—Tony F.”</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>“Gross,” one user <a href="https://twitter.com/Stephanieco15/status/1400190990879760388" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tweeted</a>. “These people are sick,” <a href="https://twitter.com/ResPubl79983835/status/1400364891475787776" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tweeted</a> another.</p> <p>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.</p> <img width="1024" height="807" src="https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2021/06/Fauci-march-madness.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1024" alt="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.NIAID<p>The image was included in <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20793561-leopold-nih-foia-anthony-fauci-emails" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3,200+ pages of emails</a> published by Buzzfeed News. The website <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nataliebettendorf/fauci-emails-covid-response" target="_blank" rel="noopener">obtained </a>the messages through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.</p> <p>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).</p> <p>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.</p> <img width="1024" height="682" src="https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2021/06/march-madness-039.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1024" alt="March Madness " />The NCAA is famously territorial over its March Madness trademark.NCAA Photos via Getty Images<p>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.</p> <p>The NCAA — which is famously territorial over its March Madness trademark — also did not return a request for comment.</p>