- Phil Valentine, a conservative talk-show host, is battling COVID-19 on an oxygen tank within the hospital.
- The hospitalization comes after his remarks downplaying each the coronavirus and the vaccines.
- Valentine, for instance, has beforehand stated the one individuals who want a vaccine are these with “underlying well being points.”
A conservative talk-show host who downplayed the coronavirus has contracted a severe COVID-19 infection that now requires that he be on an oxygen tank.
Phil Valentine, host of “The Phil Valentine Present,” which airs from Nashville, Tennessee, was identified with the illness earlier this month.
He has since been hospitalized and is on an oxygen machine, brother Mark Valentine wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.
“Phil made it by means of the nite. He must be on an EKMO (sic) machine which is lung a part of a coronary heart/lung machine,” he stated, referring to an “extracorporeal membrane oxygenation” (ECMO) machine, which acts as a man-made lung and coronary heart for the physique.
“We’re attempting to get him to a hospital with that tools by way of helicopter,” his put up continued. “The protocol requires he be capable of be on his again for a number of hours which I did not assume he might do…however he did!”
In one other replace posted Saturday morning, Mark stated Phil is in “important however steady” situation.
“All of his important indicators are nice and the vent is doing its job,” Mark’s Saturday post learn. “We get extra optimistic every day!”
On his radio present, Phil instructed the coronavirus just isn’t as critical as well being officers have made it out to be.
“I am not an anti-vaxxer. I am simply utilizing frequent sense,” he stated in a December blog post. “What are my odds of getting COVID? They’re fairly low. What are my odds of dying from COVID if I do get it? Most likely manner lower than one %.”
Phil has additionally stated he believes that the one individuals who wanted to get vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus are these with “underlying well being points.”
“Should you’re not at excessive threat of dying from COVID then you definitely’re most likely safer not getting it,” he stated.
Well being officers like these on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention have beforehand stated that adults with underlying medical situations have a higher chance of contracting extra extreme COVID-19 signs.
However a COVID-19 vaccination may help curb the unfold of the virus and offer protection to others as well.
Since his hospitalization, Phil, 61, has reversed course on his stance, in line with Mark.
Now that he is contracted the illness, he “regrets” his feedback concerning the vaccines, his household stated.
“Phil would love for his listeners to know that whereas he has by no means been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being extra vehemently ‘Professional-Vaccine’, and appears ahead to having the ability to extra vigorously advocate that place as quickly as he’s again on the air, which all of us hope can be quickly,” Mark stated in an earlier Fb post.