KEY POINTS

  • Laura Loomer, 28, said she was "in so much pain" after testing positive for COVID-19
  • She once claimed the virus was less lethal than being food poisoned from eating "bad fajitas"
  • Loomer is unvaccinated and has no plans of getting vaccinated

A 28-year-old right-wing activist and anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist from Florida who once claimed being food poisoned was more lethal than COVID-19 is now asking for prayers after she came down with the novel coronavirus.

Laura Loomer, originally from Arizona, shared on pro-Donald Trump social media platform GETTR Wednesday that she recently contracted COVID-19 and felt ill the day before, newspaper The Miami Herald reported.

"I am in so much pain," Loomer, a one-time Republican nominee to represent her state's 21st congressional district in the 2020 House of Representatives elections, said.

"I had a fever, chills, a runny nose, sore throat, nausea and severe body aches that made my whole body feel like I got hit by a bus, and after sleeping for a few hours, my symptoms started to remind me of how I felt when I had a bad case of the flu a few years ago," she explained.

Loomer, who claimed she has not taken a COVID-19 vaccine and has no intention of ever getting one, later shared on messaging app Telegram that she was hurting even worse.

"Just pray for me, please. [I] can't even begin to explain how brutal the body aches and nausea that come with COVID are," she said.

Loomer has allegedly since been treated with antibiotic Azithromycin, anti-malaria medication Hydroxychloroquine and an experimental monoclonal antibody cocktail by biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, Loomer said she was taking vitamin supplement OrthoMune. She previously told fans she wanted to get the human form of horse dewormer Ivermectin, which is an unproven COVID-19 remedy discouraged by medical professionals.

Loomer downplayed the coronavirus in December and compared it to being food poisoned from eating "bad fajitas," a report by Insider said.

"I hope I get COVID just so I can prove to people I've had bouts of food poisoning that are more serious and life-threatening than a hyped-up virus. Have you ever eaten bad fajitas? That will kill you faster than COVID," Loomer was quoted as saying on conservative microblogging site Parler.

Florida has reported 3,394,954 COVID-19 cases and 51,240 deaths as of Monday, data provided by The New York Times showed. Around 66% of the state's residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 56% were fully vaccinated.

Loomer has been banned from social media platform Twitter for her anti-Muslim commentary, as per The Miami Herald.

vaccine-6165772_1920 Representation. Laura Loomer, 28, tested positive for COVID-19 after she previously downplayed the virus and said it was "hyped-up." Photo: Pixabay