NFL Network host Rich Eisen is urging people to remain vigilant about COVID-19 after testing positive for the coronavirus even though he's fully vaccinated.
Eisen, 52, shared on his social media accounts that he is experiencing symptoms and is currently in the fourth day of quarantine.
"It's possible, folks," he wrote. he said that multiple health professionals over the past few days have told him being vaccinated is what is keeping him from "a far worse experience than the awful one I'm having."
Eisen's full post on Instagram:
It’s possible, folks.
As someone sitting Day 4 in quarantine fighting off symptoms, I can personally attest you still need to be careful and, most importantly, get vaccinated.
Why? Especially since mine didn’t keep COVID from my body?
So there aren’t any more variants to pierce highly-effective vaccines that would ordinarily get all of us back to normal life. But if you want an answer maybe a bit more personal to you: get vaccinated so you won’t go to the hospital or die.
Every health care professional I’ve come across in the last few days tell me the two shots of Pfizer I got in February are what’s keeping a 52-year-old like me from a far worse experience than the awful one I’m having. So, be careful if you’re vaccinated and, if you’re not vaccinated, don’t wait another second.
I know my comments might get messy, but life is truly too short. Stay safe and healthy everyone.
Eisen told The Athletic in April ahead of the 2021 NFL draft that he had been fully vaccinated since mid-February.
"I am double-vaccinated," he said. "I’m ready to roll on that front. My wife and I volunteered at a vaccination site here in Southern California in January and at the end of that day, we got vaccinated as a thank you."
New cases of the coronavirus are on the rise again in the United States because of the Delta variant, though trail the highs of last winter. The seven-day average of new cases in the country as of Wednesday is 26,513, per the New York Times. At its peak on Jan. 8 it was 259,616, via the Times.
At least 48 percent of all adults in the United States are fully vaccinated, via the Times. The vaccine is highly effective at keeping people from contracting COVID-19, but those who are vaccinated can still contract it. It is far less likely with the vaccine that someone will need to be hospitalized or become critically ill after contracting the coronavirus.
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