Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant Urges Caution After Contracting COVID-19


Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

In a short video uploaded via Facebook Monday, Van Zant says he's "living proof" that the virus is real, and his entire family got sick because he wasn't more careful.

"We are all on quarantine around here due to me coming down with the virus first," the singer said. "And I spread it to everybody else. And I had no clue I had it. That's the scary thing about the virus."

Van Zant, 61, appeared to be in good spirits, and showed few signs of illness during the video. He also revealed that he was vaccinated with "the Pfizer shots" but got the virus anyway.

He suggested that because he had received both vaccine doses, he didn't get tested for the virus as early as he should have.

"My thing that I would tell anybody, if you start feeling sick at all — head cold, weak, nose running, a cough, just a little bit, go get tested," he said. "Because I thought there was no way I could have the coronavirus. I had the shots, the Pfizer shots. I take zinc. I still came down with it. But that just goes to show you how powerful this virus is. So for those of you who think there is no virus, I'm living proof talking to you that there is."

COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna are each more than 90 percent effective, but as with any vaccine, there are always some "breakthrough cases," according to the CDC. While inoculated people are much less likely to get sick or transmit the virus, it's still possible, especially if a person is exposed to the virus within two weeks after their final vaccine dose.

There is evidence that COVID-19 symptoms are much less severe in vaccinated people if they're experienced at all.

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