Karma, the unofficial mascot of 2020, is having one hell of a fourth quarter as former deniers of the coronavirus are finding themselves having to publicly acknowledge not just its existence, but their own positive diagnoses. Even as high profile members of the Republican Party have gotten sick, and some have unfortunately died, the MAGA faithful continues to ignore the record daily death tolls and insist they have to go out on New Year’s Eve. On the same day the largest county in Texas issued a warning to its residents to stay home and the world lost a TV icon to the pandemic, another famous former coronavirus denier was forced to step up and publicly admit he was wrong.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, known as “Dr. Drew,” is “under surveillance” according to a message shared on his Instagram account, after testing positive for COVID19. He’s resting at home and is feeling better “and will hopefully get well soon”, according to the post. Pinsky’s diagnosis comes months after he apologized for downplaying the severity of the virus and calling the pandemic “press induced panic.”
Pinsky, who has an M.D. in internal medicine and maintains a private practice in Southern California in addition to his media career, told his followers COVID-19 is “no fun.” He had devoted a significant amount of his syndicated show to downplaying the virus, but is now warning his listeners to take it seriously.
“I don’t recommend it, but I’m sort of through the viral phase, which is when the virus is reproducing,” Pinsky said in a video, adding that he has taken a lot of “good medication” to attack the virus. He said he’s on “day five or six.” Pinsky said he’s “glad to get” COVID-19 now and “not earlier” in the pandemic when he was among the many public figures spreading misinformation to the public.
“My early comments about equating coronavirus with influenza were wrong. They were incorrect. I was part of a chorus that was saying that. And we were wrong. And I want to apologize for that,” he said in April. “I wish I had gotten it right, but I got it wrong.”