Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West was launched from the hospital after three days of remedy for COVID—and promptly informed his followers to not be afraid of the virus that has killed greater than 700,000 People.
“Don’t concern COVID,” the previous GOP congressman mentioned in a video posted to Twitter.
West, 60, didn’t get vaccinated towards the coronavirus, and when he obtained contaminated with COVID, he developed pneumonia and an oxygen-saturation charge low sufficient that he needed to be admitted to the hospital.
His spouse, Angela, who was vaccinated, didn’t need to be hospitalized.
The couple each obtained monoclonal antibody remedy after testing constructive. West mentioned he was additionally handled with IV and nebulizer steroids, blood thinners, and oxygen.
When West first fell sick over the weekend, he informed his followers he was already taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin—two unproven medicine which have been touted as preventative therapies in anti-vaxxer crowds.
Though the medicines didn’t cease West from getting contaminated, he promoted them in a Twitter thread from the hospital and in addition ranted about public service commercials that urge individuals to get a vaccine confirmed to forestall extreme sickness.
West referred to as the adverts—which characteristic the family members of pandemic victims saying they wished that they had gotten the shot—“propaganda,” “manipulative deception,” and “nefarious.”
“The harmless blood of Texans are on some soiled, corrupt fingers,” West mentioned in a very florid and inscrutable tweet.
West’s hospital-bed tirades had been blasted Monday as a public-health menace.
“Twenty-two thousand lives had been needlessly misplaced as a result of we didn’t obtain excessive vaccination protection, partly due to phony rhetoric like this,” Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine professional and Each day Beast contributor, informed CNN.
West opposed vaccine mandates even earlier than he obtained sick, however has stepped up his criticism of them since contracting the virus.
The person he’s operating towards, Gov. Greg Abbott, signed an executive order on Monday that bars any entity in the state—together with non-public companies—from imposing a vaccine mandate.