Kristy Swanson, Actress and Vaccine Skeptic, Is Hospitalized With Covid

The actress, who played the titular character in the 1992 film “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” said she had pneumonia.,

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Kristy Swanson, actress and vaccine skeptic, is hospitalized with Covid.

Kristy Swanson arrives at an event for television critics in 2018.
Kristy Swanson arrives at an event for television critics in 2018.Credit…Michael Tran/Getty Images
  • Published Nov. 1, 2021Updated Nov. 2, 2021, 10:32 a.m. ET

Kristy Swanson, an actress who is a vocal vaccine skeptic and critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been hospitalized with virus-related pneumonia in New Jersey, she said.

The actress, who is best known for playing the titular character in the 1992 film “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” was taken by ambulance on Sunday to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J., she said on Twitter on Monday. She said she had pneumonia and was being treated with oxygen, blood thinners and baricitinib, an arthritis drug that the Food and Drug Administration in July granted emergency authorization to treat Covid.

She said on Monday that she was “in good spirits” but was receiving treatments “so I don’t clot.”

“I was just at the tail end of my Covid diagnosis when it jumped into my lungs,” she said on Twitter.

Although it was not clear if Ms. Swanson, 51, has received a Covid vaccine, she has frequently criticized proponents of the vaccine. In September, she said on Twitter, alongside an article about Covid, that “it behaves just like the flu.”

Every year there is a new strain of the flu and “a new vaccine comes out for it,” she said. “That’s exactly what this whole thing is, except this time they want to mandate vaccines so they can make mo-money.”

On Monday afternoon, she said on Twitter: “Fact Check: I have NEVER said I am anti-vax.”

Ms. Swanson has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and met him in the Oval Office in February last year. She has directed several critical tweets at Dr. Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official.

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