Dr. Drew Reveals He Tested Positive for Coronavirus

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The media personality and internist previously apologized for describing the virus as a "press-induced panic."

Media personality and internist Dr. Drew announced on Instagram on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"Cheers to the New Year with some Hydralyte for Covid-19. Drew tested positve [sic] day 4 and @firstladyoflove is negative," the television and podcast host, whose full name is Dr. Drew Pinsky, posted to Instagram with a picture of his wife, Susan Pinsky, standing next to him as he rested in bed. "Drew is home, under survelliance [sic] and fever is down. Thanks Dr. Zelenko, Dr. Yo and Dr. Jeff for the superior care and advice. Drew is feeling better and will hppefully [sic] get well soon."

In later Instagram posts, Pinsky said he had passed through the viral phase of the virus and described, "I'm in this inflammatory phase of the illness where I've got a lot of inflammation in my lungs and neurologically been sort of out of it and I've been Decadron to good effect, under the care of my doctor."

He added, "I look forward to the immunity on the other side of this."

In April, Pinsky apologized for comments that compared coronavirus to influenza, saying that comparison was "wrong." He wrote on Twitter that month that his previous comments were "incorrect. I was part of a chorus that was saying that. And we were wrong. And I want to apologize for that."

On Twitter on Wednesday, "Dr. Drew" trended as users also resurfaced comments in March where Pinsky called coronavirus a "press-induced panic." In a video posted Wednesday, Pinsky addressed the tweets, saying, "I understand there's a lot of something going on Twitter. I'm going to be ignoring that because I don't know what the action's all about."