Texas GOP candidate for governor Allen West and his wife tested positive for COVID-19.
West said he may have been hospitalized after his oxygen levels dropped and x-rays showed pneumonia.
West, who has not been vaccinated, said he has taken untried drugs hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate Allen West announced he was ill with COVID-19 on Saturday.
West, a former U.S. representative for Florida and retired Army lieutenant colonel, said he and his wife, Angela, both tested positive.
“I want to thank you all for your prayers,” West said in a post on his Facebook page.
He added that there was concern about his oxygen saturation levels, “which are at 89 and they should be at 95.” He said X-rays showed pneumonia, but said it was not “serious”.
“I’ll probably be hospitalized,” West said.
While his wife was being vaccinated, West said he had not been.
“LTC West has publicly stated that he supports individual election and that is reflected in his own family,” another message said on his Facebook.
The announcement said West had already taken “Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin protocols.” There is no “protocol” for the use of these drugs, which is neither approved for the treatment of COVID-19 by the Food and Drug Administration.
In June 2020, the FDA revoked the hydroxychloroquine emergency authorization to treat COVID-19, after studies found it “unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 for approved uses.”
Earlier this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued health advice against the use of Ivermectin, after calls to poison control centers rose from people self-medicating with the horseworm. Insider Andrea Michaelson reported that the drug has serious side effects and there has been no strong or reliable evidence that it works to treat COVID-19.
The announcement also said West and his wife have been given monoclonal antibody infusion therapy and are being observed. The FDA has approved monoclonal antibody therapies for the treatment of COVID-19. For best results, the drug should be administered in the early stages of symptoms.
West spoke to a “packed house” two days before announcing he had COVID-19 at the Lakewood Yacht Club Mission Generation Annual Gala in Seabrook, Texas.
West’s campaign did not respond to Insider’s email request for comment at the time of publication.
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