Celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky, famously known as “Dr. Drew,” revealed this week that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The diagnosis comes months after Pinsky apologized for downplaying the threat of the pandemic in a video that went viral on social media.
In a Tuesday Instagram post, Pinsky, 62, can be seen lying in bed holding up a bottle of an electrolyte drink while his wife wears a face mask nearby. The caption noted that his wife tested negative.
“Drew is home, under survelliance and fever is down,” the post read. “Thanks Dr. Zelenko, Dr. Yo and Dr. Jeff for the superior care and advice. Drew is feeling better and will hopefully get well soon.”
Later in the day, Pinsky posted a video update on his Instagram page, thanking his fans for their messages of support and saying he has taken “a lot of good medication.”
"COVID is no fun, I don't recommend it, but I'm sort of through the viral phase, which is when the virus is reproducing," he said, before revealing that he had been "wishing for" a positive coronavirus test “because I had this terrible acute febrile illness and was testing negative, and if I did not have COVID, I had acute lymphocytic leukemia, which I did not want to have.
"So COVID would explain the whole thing nicely and we have some many good treatments now for COVID. And I look forward to the immunity on the other side of this,” he added.
While people who recover from COVID-19 are believed to have some immunity from the virus due to the presence of antibodies that can fight off the infection, it is unclear how long this protection lasts.
In April, Pinsky issued an apology for a series of statements in a video in which he claimed the coronavirus pandemic was a “press-induced panic.”
According to The Associated Press, the video included clips of Pinsky on his online show “Ask Dr. Drew,” his podcast “Dr. Drew After Dark” and other media appearances. He repeatedly suggested the coronavirus would be not as bad as the flu and at one point said the probability of dying from the virus was less than being hit by an asteroid.
“I wish I had gotten it right, but I got it wrong,” Pinsky said in his apology.