Texas Republican Governor Allen West and his wife tested positive for COVID-19.
West said he could be hospitalized after low oxygen levels and x-rays showing pneumonia.
Unvaccinated West said he was taking the unproven drugs hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
Allen West, a candidate for governor of the Republican Party of Texas, announced on Saturday that he had been infected with COVID-19.
West, a former US Congressman and former Army lieutenant colonel in Florida, said he and his wife Angela were both positive.
“I want to thank you for your prayers,” West posted on his Facebook page.
He added that he was concerned about his oxygen saturation level. “It is 89 and should be 95.” He said x-rays show pneumonia, but it’s not “serious.”
“I’ll probably be in the hospital,” West said.
While his wife was vaccinated, West said he was not vaccinated.
“LTC West has publicly stated that he supports personal choice, which is reflected in his own family.” Another announcement on his Facebook said.
West has already adopted the “hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin protocol,” according to the announcement. There is no “protocol” for the use of these drugs, neither of which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of COVID-19.
June 2020, FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization Research has shown that hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 is “less likely to be effective in treating COVID-19 in permitted applications.”
At the beginning of this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health recommendations He opposed the use of ivermectin after a call to a toxicology center from people self-medication with horse anthelmintic drugs. Insider Andrea Michaelson reported The drug has serious side effects and there is no strong and reliable evidence that it is effective in treating COVID-19.
The announcement also stated that West and his wife were undergoing monoclonal antibody infusion therapy and were being observed. FDA approved Monoclonal antibody therapy to treat COVID-19. For best results, medication should be given in the early stages of symptoms.
West spoke to a “crowded house” two days before announcing that he had COVID-19. Mission Generation Annual Gala Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.
The West campaign did not respond to emails to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication.
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