Emergency room physician and lung Doctor Vin Gupta has said in a tweet that Texas Governor Greg Abbott is “anxious and scared” after testing positive for COVID19 Tuesday, the virus that he has constantly downplayed.
Gupta, also an NBC contributor, shared in a tweet that asymptomatic Abbott was quick to get access to monoclonal antibody therapy despite being fully vaccinated. He also added in the tweet that he hopes Texans will take note of how the governor reacted to his COVID-19 diagnosis.
Despite an alarming surge in coronavirus cases driven by the Delta variant, Abbott is waging a court battle to defend his recent executive orders banning municipalities from enforcing mask and vaccine requirements. Texas’ increase in cases also comes as children too young to be vaccinated head back to school.
Governor Abbott is 63 years of age and is paralyzed from a spinal injury putting him in the high-risk group. His office said Tuesday that he is currently asymptomatic. The governor is fully vaccinated, “is in good health, and currently experiencing no symptoms,” his office said in a statement, adding that he “is in constant communication with his staff, agency heads, and government officials to ensure that state government continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.”