Radio host Dennis Prager announced he has tested positive for COVID-19, which he claims he “wanted” so that he could build natural immunity.
“I tested positive [for COVID] last week, and I have been steadily improving,” Prager said on Monday during his show, which was broadcast from home.
“At no point was I in danger of hospitalization,” Prager added.
Prager noted he had not been vaccinated. After testing positive for COVID, his treatment plan included Regeneron, a monoclonal antibody treatment, and the medication Ivermectin.
“I have engaged with strangers, constantly hugging them, taking photos with them knowing that I was making myself very susceptible to getting COVID,” the host said. “Which is, indeed, as bizarre as it sounded, what I wanted, in the hope I would achieve natural immunity and be taken care of by therapeutics.”
In an interview with the Daily Wire, Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins said the “data on natural immunity are now overwhelming,” referring to studies “from Israel showing that natural immunity is 27 times more effective than vaccinated immunity.”
Dr. Makary noted the findings are supported by “15 other studies.”
Some have criticized Prager’s decision not to be vaccinated, as well as his choice of treatment.
In regard to Regeneron, CNN criticized Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) for publicizing that he responded well to a Regeneron treatment, noting that the monoclonal antibody treatment had yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Media sites and government leaders have also been critical of the use of ivermectin. Podcaster Joe Rogan recently called out CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, for referring to the medicine as a “horse dewormer.”
A statement by the FDA reads: “Ivermectin should not be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.”
However, these alternate treatments have been used with success in different parts of the world. A study in India shows that ivermectin can be used to prevent COVID-19 infection.
In that study, there was a 73% reduction in COVID-19 infection in subjects for the month following ivermectin treatment.
Prager said his treatment plan included Regeneron, hydroxychloroquine, zinc, ivermectin, and azithromycin.
Health officials preach caution when it comes to treatments that have not been studied and approved by the FDA, and point to studies showing that the COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective way to protect against infection.
“The monoclonal antibodies are not as durable as the vaccine,” explained University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor Dr. Turner Overton. “The vaccine trains a healthy immune system to protect from a future infection, and the protection can last much longer.”
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