Stephen A. Smith Says COVID Almost Took His Life! Learn more here--->>
After a long hiatus, Stephen A. Smith (ESPN, Brick/General Hospital) returned to ESPN’s First Take on Monday, January 17, 2022. Those who follow Smith and/or who are active on social media may have heard that Smith contracted COVID-19 at the end of last year. But people may not have been aware of how sick Smith became. During Monday’s broadcast, Smith paused from the show’s usual sports content and gave a personal account of his battle with COVID.
Smith, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive in late December 2021. He recounted his intense battle with the virus; high fever, persistent cough, and excruciating headaches. His symptoms progressed to the point where Smith had pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. He brought in the New Year in the hospital.
He also talked about what has been one of the most frightening things about COVID. He talked about how the virus affected him so differently, than how it affected other people he knew who had contracted COVID. “For me personally, it hit me differently. (Doctors) told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn’t be here. That’s how bad I was. I had pneumonia in both lungs. My liver was bad, and it ravaged me to the point where even now I have to monitor my volume, get to the gym every day.”
Smith isn’t fully recovered yet but thankfully he is COVID negative, on the road to a full recovery, back at work and so grateful to be alive. “I’m ecstatic to be back. I’ve missed being at work…And I can’t tell you how lucky and sincerely blessed I am to be sitting here with you guys today because two-and-a-half, three weeks ago, I didn’t know if I was gonna make it.”
Sending all of our love and thoughts for healing and total restoration to Stephen A!