ESPN host Stephen A. Smith says he rang in the New Year hospitalized with COVID – and that doctors told him he would died if he hadn’t been vaccinated.
He shared details about his serious bout with the virus Monday after returning to the air on the network’s First Take, saying: ‘It almost took me out.’
The 54-year-old began the episode by revealing he feared he might die after he was hospitalized with a 103-degree fever and double pneumonia on January 1.
‘I didn’t know if I was going to make it,’ Smith said. ‘They told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn’t be here. That’s how bad I was.’
The hit show is filmed in Bristol, Connecticut, and Smith lives in New Jersey. Both states were hammered around the time of his diagnosis by a surge in cases driven by the highly-contagious Omicron-variant.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Brian Marks and Michelle Thompson