In a new interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin, far-right media commentator and outspoken anti-vaxxer Glenn Beck says he has contracted COVID-19 for the second time in a year—just like scientists said was likely to happen to people who refused the vaccine.
Beck said publicly last year he was refusing the vaccine because he didn't think he needed it after already having had COVID-19 in April 2021.
Now, Beck says he has a case of the disease he called "disturbing" in his interview with Levin, during which he frequently coughed and worried about the fact the illness was "getting into his lungs."
Hear a clip from his interview with Levin below.
Beck dropped his COVID news on Levin right at the top of the interview, when Levin asked him how he was doing.
“I am great, Mark. I am great, Mark, despite having COVID and seeing the destruction of our country..."
"It’s starting to go into my lungs today and a little disturbing. I’m on all the medications and treatments and everything else, so."
Those "medications and treatments" include the parasiticide Ivermectin, which is not an approved treatment for COVID and has caused a handful of deaths, and former Republican President Donald Trump's much-vaunted drug hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria medicine that is also not an approved treatment for COVID.
Both treatments are beloved by anti-vaxxers, right-wing conspiracy theorists, and a former Republican President. But Beck was careful to tell Levin he is not a COVID denier and he is taking his secound bout seriously.
As he put it:
"I know it is real. I am a fatty-fat-fatso, so that is probably not the best thing, and I got some other issues.”
But he also told Levin he's "not concerned about it."
Which in a way he shouldn't be, because what has happened to him is pretty much precisely what scientists have said for nearly a year would happen to people like Beck, who rely upon previous infections to protect them.
Scientists have cautioned immunity conferred by a prior infection is unlikely to last longer than six months. Beck's infection was nine months ago. It's almost like these scientists know what they're talking about.
Anyway, on Twitter, Beck garnered very little sympathy.
We wish Beck a speedy recovery, and the good sense to get vaccinated afterward.