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Brendan Schaub reveals he has coronavirus, still downplays pandemic

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Playing down how severe the coronavirus was for months, Brendan Schaub has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub says he has been diagnosed with the coronavirus but has almost made a full recovery after three days.

The co-host of Schaub’s podcast The Fighter and The Kid, Bryan Callen, also revealed he has symptoms of the virus but is still waiting for test results.

“Brendan and I did everything wrong in Texas,” Callen said on their podcast. “We basically practiced no social distancing, got up in front of 350 people as they were laughing at us, and shouting at us. We got off stage, didn’t change mics, shared it.”

Callen noted how one of their colleagues who tested positive and has been “sick as a f—king dog” with more severe coronavirus symptoms.

Schaub has been highly critical towards the severity of the COVID-19 since its outbreak at the beginning of this year.

Since being diagnosed with the virus, Schaub’s tone seems to have changed a little bit, but he still downplays the severity of the pandemic because he’s recovering well.

“I never said it was not real or anything like that. I went about living my life. I got it, and you know what? I’m fine!” Schaub said.

“Just like what my doctor told me, what you’re experiencing, 97% of all people who get corona, experience the same thing. I’m fine. My family’s fine. I’ve bunkered down, I quarantined and that’s what it is.

“I don’t agree that (we did everything wrong),” Schaub told Callen. “If you were any older, had underlying issues like obesity or diabetes, or pneumonia before, yeah, you shouldn’t be on tour.

Schaub also questioned if Callen actually has COVID-19, despite showing symptoms and being on tour together with multiple people who have fallen sick and tested positive.

“Here’s the thing, I hate to do this to you, but I think you’re jumping on the corona train, I don’t really think you have it,” Schaub said. “I gotta be honest. You’re just trying to jump on this train.”

Schaub, who says he took IVs for three days straight and is starting to feel better, went on to say that he is excited to rub this in his dad’s face because he watches CNN too much. He says he’s “curious to see how long this corona fear is going to keep going.”

After talking about statistics and death rates, there’s also this clip:

Despite what Schaub thinks, the coronavirus is a global problem. Even though confirmed cases and deaths have decreased in some parts of the world, some states in North America have reported more than 50,000 new cases in a day. As of July 3, over 500,000 people have died worldwide due to the virus,