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US Texas Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Allen West has pneumonia; infection rates falling - for now: Live COVID-19 updates

17:20  10 october  2021
17:20  10 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Tea Party favorite and Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and probably will be hospitalized.

West, 60, said he is not vaccinated and that his wife Angela West, who is vaccinated, also tested positive. Both have completed monoclonal antibody injections, West said on  Twitter. He also said he is "taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin protocols." Neither drug has received FDA approval for use against COVID.

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"There’s a concern about my oxygen saturation levels, which are at 89 and they should be at 95," West said. "My chest X-rays do show COVID pneumonia, not serious."

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West said he is experiencing a low-grade fever and light body aches.

"Out of concern for public health, Col. West is suspending in-person events until receiving an all-clear indication," another tweet said. On Thursday, he attended a what he described as a "packed house” Mission Generation Annual Gala & Fundraiser in Seabrook, Texas.

West is a former Texas Republican Party chair and Florida congressman. He announced in July that he would challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbot, who is running for a third term and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Texas Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Allen West has pneumonia; infection rates falling - for now: Live COVID-19 updates

Allen West Backs 'Other' COVID Protocols, Says People Shouldn't Be Forced to Take Shot .
The Texas Republican was reportedly receiving hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin after exhibiting symptoms.West, who served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 2020 to 2021, shared a video message on Facebook on Monday after he returned home from hospital, where he received treatment for the virus.

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