Louisiana GOP Rep. Clay Higgins Says He Has COVID-19 for the Second Time

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Newsweek 25 July, 2021 - 11:12pm 44 views

"I have COVID, Becca has COVID, my son has COVID. Becca and I had COVID before, early on, in January 2020, before the world really knew what it was. So, this is our second experience with the [Chinese Comminist Party] biological attack weaponized virus," Higgins wrote in a statement shared to Facebook, repeating a conspiracy theory that China had produced the coronavirus in a lab and intentionally released it onto the world.

The origins of the virus is still contested and remains a diplomatic issue that has deteriorated U.S.-China relations, but there is no evidence to substantiate the claim. The first recorded cases emerged at a city market in Wuhan, China, and experts believe it's likely to have jumped from animals to humans.

The Louisiana Republican, who represents the state's 3rd Congressional District, wrote that his second infection "is far more challenging" than his first infection.

"It has required all of my devoted energy. We are all under excellent care, and our prognosis is positive. We are healthy generally speaking and our treatment of any health concern always encompasses western, eastern, and holistic variables," Higgins added.

It's unknown whether Higgins and his family tested positive for the virus in January 2020, two months before former President Donald Trump declared the pandemic a national emergency.

Congressional records show he did not vote in the House between January 27-30. In a personal explanation to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dated February 4, Higgins said he "was absent due to a family medical concern."

While Higgins has not publicly stated whether he has been vaccinated against the virus, he has repeatedly encouraged Americans to get the "scientifically sound" shots but opposed mandating it on the federal level.

Newsweek reached out to Higgins' office for further information.

Higgins' announcement comes after Louisiana Representative-elect Luke Letlow died from COVID-19 complications in late December after he won election to represent the state's 5th Congressional District. The lawmaker-elect was 41 at the time of his death and was set to become the state's youngest representative in Congress.

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Rep. Clay Higgins echoes conspiracy, says he and family all have Covid

Daily Mail 26 July, 2021 - 05:45am

By Adam Manno For Dailymail.Com

Congressman Clay Higgins revealed that he, his wife and his son have gotten the coronavirus, which he called a 'biological attack' from the Chinese Communist Party, in a Facebook post Sunday.

The third-term US representative from Louisiana said he and his fourth wife Becca previously had the virus in January 2020 'before the world really knew what it was.

'So, this is our second experience with the CCP biological attack weaponized virus … and this episode is far more challenging. It has required all of my devoted energy.'

It is unclear if Higgins or his family have been vaccinated. 

Rep. Clay Higgins (left) has revealed he and his wife, Becca, have Covid for the second time

Higgins, 59, called the virus a '(Chinese Communist Party) biological attack weaponized virus'

The congressman seemed to promote the unproven theory that the virus was intentionally created and dispersed by the Chinese government. 

The US and international bodies like the World Health Organization are pushing China to be more transparent about the origins of the virus as American intelligence agencies consider the theory that it may have escaped from a lab in China.

The Delta variant of Covid-19, first identified in India, is 'aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains,' CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing last week.

The variant is now responsible for most cases in the US, India, Israel and the UK.

Most hospitalizations and serious cases of Covid are among those who have not been vaccinated. 

About 98 to 99 percent of the Americans dying of the coronavirus are unvaccinated, suggested former Covid-19 Biden administration advisor Andy Slavvit in June.

'We are all under excellent care, and our prognosis is positive,' Higgins told his followers Sunday. 'We are very healthy generally speaking, and our treatment of any health concern always encompasses western, eastern, and holistic variables.'

'We are all under excellent care, and our prognosis is positive,' he told his followers Sunday. Above, Higgins leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in June 2018

Higgins' fourth wife, Becca, underwent treatment for multiple sclerosis in 2018

Higgins, 59, did not respond to a CNN survey asking member of Congress about their vaccination status. Almost half of Republicans did not respond to the survey.

His office did not immediately respond to queries from DailyMail.com. 

In an editorial for the The Daily American newspaper in April, Higgins said his office had 'aggressively promoted' the availability of vaccines and called their development 'scientifically sound,' though he expressed skepticism about their safety.

He claimed he and his wife had 'naturalized immunity' from having the virus last year. 

Higgins' wife, Becca, underwent an eight-to-10 hour treatment akin to 'chemotherapy' for multiple sclerosis, according to a Facebook post from May 2018. 

'I love and respect you all,' Higgins wrote Sunday. 

'I am honored and humbled to serve you in Congress. Our mission will continue. My family and I will recover fully. Your prayerful support is felt deep within my family and will never be forgotten.'

A former law enforcement officer, Higgins has represented Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District since 2017.

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