Anwar Hadid, the younger brother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid, admitted that he is anti-vax, and will not get the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available to young adults.
The 21-year-old model was asked on Instagram during a question and answer session if he would take the vaccine, to which Hadid replied, “Absolutely not.”
His response prompted another question by a fan that asked, “Why are you anti-vax,” to which Hadid answered, “Either I just don’t get it or I get it and God willing heal from it and get antibodies rather than do that process unnaturally, our bodies are made by the creator to do way more thank we think.”
The now-deleted Q&A sparked criticism from many people on social media. Twitter users were shocked to see the model would consider not taking the coronavirus vaccine, since he was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012. Hadid’s older sister, Bella, and their mother, Yolanda, also have Lyme disease.
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According to Lymedisease.org, coronavirus puts individuals with Lyme disease more at risk because they have a “severely impacted immune system.” Individuals with Lyme disease will have a tougher time fighting off the deadly virus because their immunity is not strong enough.
The site also noted that Lyme disease patients and coronavirus patients share very similar symptoms, including pain and brain fog, so it can make it harder to recognize symptoms early on, and thus harder to prevent yourself from spreading it.
Hadid’s sister, Bella, openly talked about the struggles she’s faced since she was diagnosed with the condition in 2012. The model highlighted some of the symptoms she deals with daily, which includes headaches, brain fog, sensitivity to light and noise, thyroid dysfunction, inflammation, joint pain, and numbness.
According to NPR, more than 18 million people in the U.S. have had confirmed coronavirus infections and over 300,000 people have died from the virus.
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