‘WHAT I WANTED’: American radio host Dennis Prager hugged strangers to catch COVID

The 73-year-old said he did so “in the hope that he could achieve natural immunity and be treated by therapies.”

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At the beginning of the pandemic, right-wing radio host Dennis Prager said he didn’t mind eating with cutlery that had fallen to the ground. Now, after the virus has killed more than 700,000 Americans, Prager has revealed that he has been actively trying to contract a coronavirus infection the entire time.

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On Monday, the 73-year-old host of “The Dennis Prager Show” told his audience that his plan worked. Prager said he tested positive for coronavirus last week.

“I have engaged to strangers, constantly hugging them, taking photos with them knowing that I was becoming very susceptible to contracting COVID,” he said. “Which is, in fact, oddly enough, what he wanted, hoping to achieve natural immunity and be cared for by therapeutics.”

Contrary to studies and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prager told his audience that natural immunity was more effective than receiving the vaccine, and said that a COVID infection was “what everyone expected. weather”. The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated even after contracting the virus; Officials point to an August study that showed unvaccinated people who already had COVID were twice as likely to be re-infected as those who had been fully vaccinated after contracting the virus.

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Prager listed a cocktail of therapies that he said he had been taking during the course of the pandemic, many of which have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Since contracting the virus, he said, he has also received monoclonal antibodies, a treatment with the FDA seal of approval.

The host said he has been “constantly improving” since his diagnosis. Prager had not hosted his daily talk show since Tuesday last week, but said that while broadcasting from his home on Monday “was not at any point in danger of hospitalization.”

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Prager is one of several conservative radio show hosts who spread misinformation about the coronavirus and vaccines, including some who later died from the virus.

In the past three months, at least five right-wing radio show hosts, all of whom discouraged their listeners from getting vaccinated, have died of COVID-19. The most recent was Bob Enyart, 62, who in the weeks leading up to his infection told listeners to boycott vaccines while pushing the discredited claim that coronavirus vaccines are made from aborted fetal cells.

After contracting the virus in July, conservative and vaccine-skeptical radio host Phil Valentine said on Facebook that he “would make it.” About six weeks later, he died at the age of 61. After Valentine’s death, his family said the radio host had changed his mind about vaccines and would have used his platform to encourage listeners to get vaccinated.

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The deaths highlighted the role that hosts on the right have played in spreading misinformation about the coronavirus as vaccination rates continue to deviate based on partisan beliefs. A September survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 52.8 percent of people in the counties who voted for Joe Biden are fully vaccinated, compared to about 39.9 percent of those who elected Trump.

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Prager, an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump, is the founder of Prager University, a nonprofit organization that produces short videos aimed at popularizing conservative ideas. During the pandemic, he has falsely compared the coronavirus to the flu and snakebites.

Days before announcing that she had tested positive, Prager was in Colorado, where she spoke at a campaign event for Heidi Ganahl, a Republican running for governor. His campaign officials told KUSA that they were unaware of Prager’s plan to become infected with the coronavirus.

“We are reaching out to everyone who attended to make sure they are informed,” Ganahl’s campaign told the station. “We encouraged those who attended. . . get tested and follow CDC guidelines if you experience any COVID-like symptoms. “

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