Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto was out of the studio on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a report by CNN.
The “Your World” host announced his diagnosis publicly, saying that he was surprised to get the positive test but that he was grateful that his symptoms were any more severe than they were:
“While I’m somewhat stunned by this news, doctors tell me I’m lucky as well,” Cavuto said in his statement released by Fox News Media. “Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation. It’s not, because I did and I’m surviving this because I did.”
The beloved Fox host has been public about his health issues, including more than two decades spent battling multiple sclerosis. His statement sounded as if he was in good spirits, however, talking about his belief that the vaccination saved him some of the harshnesses of the illness and his wife’s take on the test.
“I hope anyone and everyone gets that message loud and clear. Get vaccinated, for yourself and everyone around you,” Cavuto added. “Everyone wins, except maybe my wife, who thought I was back in the city for good for live shows. Maybe not so fast now.”
Cavuto isn’t the first high-profile person to test positive for COVID despite getting the vaccination. And most, like the Fox host, have attributed the relative light severity of the cases to the vaccination.
Questions still swirl about the hurried COVID-19 shots, though, and even Katia Hetter of CNN wrote an article titled “Vaccinated people dying from COVID-19 doesn’t mean vaccines are ineffective. Here’s why,” to try to answer some of those questions.
MSN Health also delved into the question of the efficacy of the vaccination due to reports that those who have gotten the vaccine can still spread the virus, particularly if they have a light case that isn’t quickly detectable.
One official quoted in the article who was at the center of investigating an outbreak said that “we need to change our definition of what is an infection” after the spread of positive COVID tests through both vaccinated and unvaccinated groups after those they came in contact with had received the COVID shot.