Daytime TV host Wendy Williams revealed that she has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 just days after she was spotted appearing
Daytime TV host Wendy Williams revealed that she has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 just days after she was spotted appearing sickly and wearing hospital socks outside her apartment in New York City.
Williams, 57, said that she would be continuing health evaluations and in order to allow her time to quarantine and recover.
It means the Wendy Williams Show will be delaying the start of its 13th season until October 4, according to the show’s official Instagram account.
Williams was spotted looking unwell in NYC last Friday
The star has since revealed that she has tested positive for COVID-19
Williams had previously posted that she would be out of commission from the show until September 20 before learning that she had contracted COVID-19.
The last time Wendy appeared on her show was on July 16.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed the TV host stepping out of a black SUV on Friday wearing a gold and cream robe and what looked to be hospital socks as she walked on the wet pavement.
Williams, 57, wore a black mask as she was led by hand from the car to her home by her manager Bernie Young. Her son Kevin Hunter Jr, 21, was also seen entering her building behind a wheelchair and later caught an Uber to leave the home.
Williams is among the small percentage of of vaccinated Americans who have gotten breakthrough cases of COVID-19.
Wendy was last seen on her show on July 16, 2021. Her team said she will come back on October 14 to begin the show’s 13th season
Americans who have received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have a less than one in 13,000 chance of a severe breakthrough case, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
More than 99 percent of Covid hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. since January 2021 have occurred in unvaccinated people.
Those patients who do require hospital care due to a breakthrough case are likely to be older or to suffer from underlying medical conditions, the CDC data suggest.
Last year it was announced that she would be taking a break from her daytime talk show while she battled with health issues related to her Graves’ disease diagnosis.
Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder of the thyroid gland that causes anxiety, tremors, as well as puffy or bulging eyes.
Wendy first gave the public cause for concern in October 2017 when she collapsed on camera during a taping of her talk show.
She told her audience of her Graves’ disease diagnosis in early 2018.
‘My thyroid has been totally cattywampus. I feel like there are birds swimming around my head … Constantly high. But not high,’ she said. ‘My doctor has prescribed – are you ready? Three weeks of vacation. I was pissed. Encore performances, really?’
It’s been a tumultuous few years for Wendy, who revealed she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease and with lymphedema
Wendy also revealed she was diagnosed with lymphedema in 2019.
‘It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine -and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all,’ she said on her show. ‘I’ve got it under control, and if [the swelling in] my feet and lower things never go all the way down, at least I have this machine.’
In 2018 Wendy spoke to PEOPLE about the immune system disorder.
‘I feel a hundred percent better than I was a few months ago. I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it,’ she said at the time.
‘It came from me neglecting my six-month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves’ disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed with both 19 years ago,’ Wendy said.
More than 177 million Americans have been fully vaccinated as of September 9.
This number includes about 63 percent of all eligible Americans (over age 12), 65 percent of adults, and 82 percent of seniors.
The Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines have all proven incredibly effective at protecting against severe Covid disease – both in clinical trials and in the real world.
As a result, the vast majority of Covid patients filling up emergency rooms and intensive care units across the country are unvaccinated.
Among those with severe breakthrough cases, 10,471 had been hospitalized – though about 2,400 of those hospitalizations were asymptomatic or not Covid-related.
Similarly, 2,437 Americans have died after contracting a breakthrough infection – but about 500 of those deaths were asymptomatic or not directly caused by COVID-19.
In total, about 1.7 million Americans have been hospitalized with the virus since January 1, 2021 and 281,000 have died, according to federal data.
That means, for both hospitalizations and deaths, more than 99 percent of those impacted by COVID-19 in 2021 have been unvaccinated.