Doug Kuzma dead at 61: Anti-vax podcaster passes away after catching Covid at ReAwaken America event

AN ANTI-vax podcaster has died after he caught Covid at a conspiracy conference.

Doug Kuzma, 61, died on January 3 after he was hospitalized for 10 days after catching the virus.

The podcaster attended ReAwaken America in Dallas on the weekend of December 11.

Kuzma posted images from the conference that showed large crowds. One picture was captioned "podcaster room overrun with people. Chaos."

He later reported feeling ill but claimed that it was just his chronic bronchitis.

Then on December 15, he said that he had a fever and had to call a doctor.

Someone commented that he should have a Covid test, but Kuzma responded "no way." He added: "I'll die at the house before I go to the hospital."

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However, after suffering from a fever for five days Kuzma admitted that he likely contracted the virus.

He was found unconscious at his home on Christmas Eve and rushed to hospital, Vice reported. He was then placed on a ventilator.

The final message that Kuzma sent was reportedly a photo of himself with a refill of ivermectin, the outlet said referencing a fellow podcast network member.

The drug has not been approved for treating Covid and is best known as a horse dewormer.

Kuzma was best known for broadcasting on the FROG News podcasting network – which stands for Fully Rely on God.

He hosted shows with his friends that were renowned for pushing conspiracy theories.

Kuzma covered topics such as QAnon and Covid denial, as well as discussing election fraud.

He showed support for QAnon, with posters seen in the background of his studio that had well-known phrases attached to the group.

Vaccine effectiveness & Omicron

Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated.

While there are breakthrough cases of Covid among people who are vaccinated, they are rare.

In the event of a breakthrough case, victims are highly unlikely to be hospitalized with severe or deadly symptoms from the virus.

Health officials have advised that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakthrough cases.

Yet the spread can be offset by all vaccinated Americans receiving a booster shot.

Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant.

With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.

Studies have also shown that side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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