Phil Valentine, 61, ‘fights for his life’ in an intensive care unit after contracting Covid
A right-wing radio host in Tennessee, who had questioned the need for Covid-19 vaccines while promoting “alternatives,” is “fighting for his life” against the virus in an intensive care unit.
Phil Valentine, who hosts a show at SuperTalk 99.7 WTN in Nashville, is battling “Covid pneumonia and its side effects,” his brother, Mark, said in a statement Thursday.
“Please keep praying for his recovery and PLEASE GET TURNED ON!” begged Mark Valentine.
Phil Valentine, 61, seemed excited on July 12 when he told his followers in a Facebook post that he had the coronavirus.
“Unfortunately for the haters out there, looks like I’m going to make it,” he joked.
According to his Facebook profile, he went back on the air two days later, in a more appreciative tone, but still promoting “alternatives.”
“Thanks for all the prayers and get well wishes,” he said. “The good news is that there are some very effective alternatives to the vaccine.
In a July 12 Facebook post, Valentine announced that he had contracted the coronavirus
Two days later, he went back to hosting his radio show, promoting “highly effective vaccine alternatives” on Facebook.
Valentine is now in an intensive care unit battling Covid-related pneumonia and breathing with help, his family says. Above, medical staff in Airdrie, Scotland, care for a Covid patient
“If you are at high risk of dying from COVID, I still strongly recommend that you consider the vaccine, but this is completely your choice,” he said in a message. “Just make sure you’re prepared if you decide against the vaccine.”
Since then it got worse.
The radio host is breathing with assistance in an intensive care unit but is not on a ventilator, according to a family statement published by News week.
Valentine has repeatedly questioned the safety of vaccines and how they are administered
Valentine’s social media accounts are littered with posts questioning the safety and necessity of the vaccines.
“Ah, but I’m sure their vaccine is perfectly safe. Don’t worry,” he tweeted on July 16, four days after announcing he had contracted the virus, over a link to an article about vaccine maker Johnson & Johnson pulling their sunscreen off the shelves over cancer concerns.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly urges people to get vaccinated with one of the vaccines produced by Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.
“They have gone through all the required stages of clinical trials,” the federal agency says on its website. ‘Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe and effective’
The US continues to lead the world with nearly 34.3 million confirmed COVID-19 infections and more than 610,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Johnson also questioned the efficacy of masks, calling face-covering mandates an “overreach.”
Mask mandates were also a target of skepticism in Valentine’s Day radio show and social media
“Phil wants his listeners to know that while he’s never been an ‘anti-vaxxer,’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘pro-vaccine,'” his brother Mark said.
Some have reacted with glee to the news about Valentine’s Day.
“I got their vaccine. And I’m NOT currently in the hospital getting help with breathing,” one person replied under Valentine’s tweet, hitting Johnson & Johnson.
Some have reacted with glee to the news of Valentine’s serious illness
“Ah, but I’m sure it’ll be okay. Do not worry.’
Another person asked for thoughts and prayers.
“My thoughts are that vaccines work,” they continued. “My prayers are that everyone you follow will learn a lesson from your ignorance.”
Valentine is the son of Tim Valentine, a former six-term Democratic congressman from North Carolina who died in 2015.
In 2012, Phil Valentine wrote and released the documentary An Inconsistent Truth. In the film, he attempted to debunk facts presented in former Vice President Al Gore’s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth about climate change.