HOW COVID-19 KICKED STEPHEN A. SMITH’S ASS!

By Harvey Hoffman

Stephen A. Smith returned to work yesterday on ESPN’s “First Take.”

And he revealed some scary details regarding his recent battle with COVID-19.

“You’re assuming that you’re gonna have a fever, might have a cough, gonna have that massive headache, but you’ll get over it,” Smith said.

“And in a lot of cases, that was the case. In my case, it was totally different.”

Smith, 54, who was a columnist in Philly at the Inky 20 years ago, tested positive for the coronavirus in mid-December. From there, things only grew worse.

According to Smith, he developed serious symptoms that left him hospitalized and fighting for his life. Fortunately, he pulled through, but not before a terrifying bout from which he’s still recovering.

“I had a 103-degree fever every night. Woke up with chills and a pool of sweat. Headaches were massive. Coughing profusely,” Smith said. “And it got to a point that right before New Year’s Eve, I was in the hospital New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day. That was how I brought in the New Year. And they told me had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn’t be here. That’s how bad I was.

“I had pneumonia in both lungs. My liver was bad. And it ravaged me, to the point where even now I have to monitor my volume, gotta get in the gym every day, walk before you run and work your way back because I’m still not 100% with my lungs, but I’m COVID negative and all of that stuff and I’m on the road to recovery. But if it wasn’t for several doctors … I wouldn’t be here.”

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