Two Republican state senators in Alaska have examined constructive for COVID-19 and one has been leveraging her platform on Fb to tout a cocktail of nutritional vitamins and ivermectin as a miracle remedy whereas railing in opposition to suggestions by public well being officers.
“Its my flip to battle Covid head on… sport on!” Republican state Sen. Lora Reinbold wrote on Facebook on Tuesday evening. “Once I defeat it, I’ll let you know my recipe.”
Sen. David Wilson additionally examined constructive and was managing minor signs. A 3rd lawmaker, Sen. Click on Bishop, examined adverse in a primary take a look at after feeling sick, Anchorage Daily News reported.
On Tuesday evening, Reinbold complained on Fb that she was “utterly unimpressed” with directions she’d supposedly been given to take Tylenol after testing constructive, alleging it was a “unhealthy recipe” from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and Division of Well being. (The CDC web site says a affected person’s supervising physician may advocate ibuprofen to cut back fever, however the company doesn’t provide formal directions on remedy).
She claimed she was taking issues into her personal fingers and was utilizing a Vicks steamer whereas downing a slew of nutritional vitamins, zinc, aspirin and the parasitic drug ivermectin, which has not been confirmed to deal with COVID.
“I’m blessed to have gotten Ivirmectin [sic] the ‘de -covider,’” she added, promising these following alongside on social media that she would supply periodic updates and keep out of the hospital. “A few of them appear to be scary locations nowadays,” she wrote.
On Wednesday afternoon, she shared a TikTok video that appeared to show an airline pilot calling a requirement to get vaccinated an “ultimatum” and an affront to “freedom.”
Reinbold has been an ardent opponent of COVID-19 vaccine necessities in Alaska, which has been among the many hardest hit states amid the continued Delta variant surge in latest weeks.
She backed legislation to bar companies and native governments from requiring vaccinations, a well-liked tactic amongst GOP lawmakers who’ve boosted their political profiles by defying public well being measures meant to curb the unfold of the virus.
Reinbold has additionally routinely balked at masks necessities.
Final month, she was excused from attending flooring votes for the rest of the 12 months after she informed legislative leaders she couldn’t fly forwards and backwards to Anchorage as a result of she bought right into a dispute with staffers on Alaska Airways when she refused to put on a masks.
In April, Reinbold was banned indefinitely from flying on Alaska Airways after repeatedly refusing to put on a masks as required by federal transportation authorities.
The constructive checks within the legislature come after Anchorage Meeting leaders final week canceled a meeting as a result of Mayor Dave Bronson’s workplace mentioned two staffers had examined constructive for COVID and members who had attended a Thursday assembly got here into “actually shut contact” with them.
At that assembly, Reinbold challenged the proposal for a citywide masks ordinance.
Bronson, who’s staunchly unvaccinated, lately apologized after initially saying that evaluating vaccine mandates to the Holocaust’s yellow Star of David was “actually a credit” to Jewish folks.
Masks are mandated within the state’s legislative buildings, together with the Capitol, though they don’t seem to be essentially required in non-public workplaces.