On Dec. 28, Dr. Drew shared on Twitter that he’d had a fever for three days and was getting tested for the flu and COVID-19.
Pinsky, confused social media when he wrote,
“Goodtimes. Wishing for Covid since this virus is not fun. Stay well, wear a mask!”
When a Twitter user questioned the statement and called him an “asshole,” Dr. Drew replied,
“Hoping for COVID so I achieve immunity and can go back out to take care of COVID patients without risking getting sick and taking up another hospital bed.”
After officially testing positive, he then posted a nine-minute “Covid update” video answering questions and explain what he really meant.
“I put out on Twitter that I was thankful to get or wishing for a COVID positive test.
If I did not have COVID, I had acute lymphocytic leukemia, which I did not want to have, because that’s the only thing that would do what was happening to me.”
He now says he’s on the mend.
“Thanks for checking in on me, I appreciate all the kind shout-outs.Covid is no fun. I don’t recommend it.”
Since his diagnosis, critics have revisited Dr. Drew’s past comments on the seriousness of COVID-19. One Twitter user shared a video compilation of clips from February and March of the doctor comparing the virus to the flu.
In the video, Dr. Drew said it’s
“way less serious than influenza, that’s the headline…”
He said COVID was,
“a press-induced panic… I am angry about it.”
He also said it was a “mistake” to cancel sporting events and called it “ridiculous” to encourage New Yorkers to avoid trains.
After three days of fever and the Zelenko protocol plus steroids, feeling better and getting another test for flu and Covid! Goodtimes. Wishing for Covid since this virus is not fun. Stay well, wear a mask! https://t.co/NoMlwOifuu— Dr. Drew (@drdrew) December 28, 2020
INSTANT REGRET: Dr. Drew has COVID, after spending months downplaying the seriousness of the disease. pic.twitter.com/0YIpw22BKW— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) December 30, 2020
(Photos, screen grabs; via E! News)