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Fact Check: Did Reporter Use Condom to Protect Mic from Hurricane Ian?

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An NBC reporter in Florida has gone viral on social media after it appeared she put a condom on her microphone to protect it from the rain.
NBC reporter Kyla Galer went viral during her coverage of Hurricane Ian after it appeared she used a condom to protect her microphone from the elements.
She’s one of many journalists in Florida who was attempting to stay safe whilst bringing viewers coverage of the devastating storm. Over 2 million people have reportedly been left without power as many parts of the state have been devastated.
In the midst of the storm, NBC2 journalist Galer was informing viewers in Southwest Florida about the current status of Hurricane Ian, but some viewers were distracted by the equipment she was using to report.
The Claim
Viewers of NBC2 in Southwest Florida noticed an unusual item protecting Galer’s microphone as she reported live from on the scene.
Reddit user @PuzzleHead1122 shared a screenshot to the social media site and got almost 50,000 upvotes for asking the question, “Do microphone covers usually come with a nipple on top? Or is that an improvised covering device aka condom?”
Over 2,200 people commented, with many weighing in and confirming that it actually is a condom.

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