NBC News contributor being treated with oxygen for COVID-19

An NBC News science contributor is being treated with oxygen after being hospitalized for the coronavirus, he revealed Wednesday night.

Speaking with NBC's John Torres on "NBC Nightly News," Joseph Fair revealed that he noticed symptoms of COVID-19 after a flight to New Orleans, despite wearing a mask and gloves on the plane.

“My flights were packed. I had a mask on, gloves on, wipes routine, but you know obviously you could still get it through your eyes," he said.


Fair added that he was tested for the coronavirus in the hospital four times, all of which came back negative. Those diagnoses were likely a result of him waiting too long to be tested, the MSNBC contributor added.

“I'm on the other end of it, but not out of the woods yet," he told Torres.

Six or seven days into noticing his first symptoms was when his lung infection developed and he required oxygen, Fair continued.

"I really couldn't take a full breath, and that's when I decided to call 911," Fair said.

The coronavirus has sickened a number of staffers at NBC News and in March killed a longtime technician at the company's New York headquarters. Jeff Shell, the new CEO of NBC News's parent company, NBCUniversal, has also announced his own diagnosis of coronavirus.

"Today" show co-hosts Craig Melvin and Al Roker announced in March that they would work from home for a time after coming in to contact with a staffer on the show who had contracted the virus.