Kristy Swanson throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves in August 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
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Original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Kristy Swanson has reportedly been hospitalized with “COVID-related” complications.
“Prayers for me please. Yesterday I took an ambulance ride to the hospital. I’m still here with pneumonia, I’m on oxygen etc, all covid related of course. I’m in good spirits and in great hands,” the 51-year-old actor wrote on Twitter Monday.
More than 21,000 Twitter
users offered support in the form of “likes” and retweets.
At the same time, the ’80s icon has drawn criticism for her openly held opinions against vaccination, with some on the platform calling her a contender for the “Herman Cain Awards” — a topical take on the legendary “Darwin Awards,” which honor recently deceased individuals who perish in generally embarrassing ways.
Of course, former presidential candidate Cain, who denounced coronavirus safety guidelines set by health officials, died as a result of COVID-19 infection in July 2020, after attending a Donald Trump “comeback” rally in Tulsa, Okla. He is among the highest-profile political figures to die of the preventable disease.
One Twitter user, a self-described hospital nurse, also reprimanded Swanson, urging her to get jabbed as soon as possible. I’m sure you are in the great hands of doctors and nurses who are stretched to the max because of people like you — who not only won’t get vaccinated but encourage others not to,” they wrote. “Signed, A tired nurse.”
“GET VACCINATED,” they added below the signature.
The New York Post said it had reached out to a Swanson representative for comment.
Swanson made headlines in 2020 when she was cast in a theatrical retelling of the controversy surrounding former FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau attorney Lisa Page at the outset of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The play, performed at Los Angeles’ Hudson Theatres and aired on YouTube, starred Swanson as Page and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” actor Dean Cain, 55.
Both performers were advocates for the Trump administration and made attempts to discredit the science of COVID-19 prevention.
In an update hours later, Swanson thanked fans for their prayers: “Thank you all for the prayers it truly means a lot to me. I can feel it.”
She added, “Just little more clarification & update, I was just at the tail end of my Covid diagnosis when it jumped into my lungs. So they are treating me with Baricitinib & blood thinners so I don’t clot. I’m ok.”