An Alaska lawmaker who was banned from Alaska Airlines flights after defying a federal mandate requiring passengers to wear masks revealed this week that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Lawmaker Lora Reinbold, a Republican state senator who also sharply criticized vaccination warrants, said on Facebook that she was showing symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
His revelation came as Alaska struggled with its worst coronavirus wave of the pandemic.
“It’s my turn to fight Covid head-on… game! Reinbold wrote on Tuesday. “Who do you think will win? When I have defeated him, I will tell you my recipe.
Reinbold, 57, gained attention in April after a video was released of her arguing with employees at Juneau International Airport over the mask rule.
The exchange prompted Alaska Airlines to ban Reinbold from flights, a move that was later upheld. As long as the mask’s federal mandate is in place – it has been extended until Jan. 18, 2022 – Reinbold will be banned from Alaska Airlines flights, the carrier said in an email Thursday.
Unable to get from his district to Juneau, the state capital, a trip that could take more than 19 hours by car and ferry, Reinbold, who represents Eagle River, Alaska, asked last month to be waived legislative sessions until next year. The Republican-led Senate accepted his request without objection.
A legislative aide to Reinbold, who previously called the airline’s ban a “tyranny of masks,” did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
In her Facebook post, Reinbold revealed that she was “blessed” to have obtained ivermectin, a drug commonly used to treat parasitic worms in livestock, which she called the “decoder.”
In August, the Food and Drug Administration warned that ivermectin should not be taken to treat or prevent COVID-19. Demand for the drug has increased, with Fox News promoting the results of studies on its use against COVID-19.
The lawmaker said she was taking “lots of vitamins” and quercetin, one of the many compounds called flavonols found in fruits and vegetables.
“My Vicks steamboat was a gift from God! She added.
Speaking to the Alaska State Senate last month, Reinbold continued to take a defiant stance against the mask’s federal mandate.
“The political ban is still in effect as long as Biden’s illegitimate mask mandate is in place in private and public transportation,” she said.
In August, the Transportation Security Administration extended the face mask requirement at airports and on planes, commuter buses and trains until January 18. Last month, she doubled fines for travelers who refuse to wear masks at airports and on commercial planes.
The move came amid an increase in airline complaints of unruly passengers and even violent confrontations between travelers and flight attendants, some of which have been precipitated by disputes over wearing masks.
Reinbold alluded to the recent increase in infections and hospitalizations in Alaska in his Facebook post.
“I plan to keep my promise to stay OUT of the hospital,” she wrote. “Some of them seem to be scary places these days.”
In a subsequent Facebook post on Thursday, Reinbold said her flu-like symptoms – including a fever, muscle aches and a sore throat – were fading but that she still had a mild cough and had not recovered all of it. his energy.
“I believe there is no way I will go to the hospital,” she wrote.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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