US Representative Clay Higgins claimed Covid was a Chinese-produced “biological attack weaponised virus”.
In a Facebook post, Mr Higgins revealed he and his immediate family all caught the coronavirus, suggesting none of them have had the vaccination that has been available widely for half a year.
He also revealed that he and his wife had the coronavirus early in its US landfall.
“Becca and I had Covid before, early on, in January 2020 before the world really knew what it was,” he claimed.
He said that “this episode is far more challenging”, noting that it “has required all of my devoted energy”.
Mr Higgins said that his family was receiving “excellent care” and were in relatively good health considering the potential severity of the virus.
The lawmaker has not commented publicly on his vaccination status, but has encouraged his constituents to take the shot. Louisiana has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with only 36 per cent of its adult population fully vaccinated. Just over half of all American adults are fully vaccinated.
Mr Higgins has a history of passing along misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus as fact.
Last year, the lawmaker claimed the coronavirus “was created in a laboratory” and regularly parroted Donald Trump's name for the virus, calling it the “Chinese virus”.
When pressed to cite his sources for those claims, Mr Higgins refused to defend his assertions and told reporters to “Google” the theories.
There is currently no evidence that the coronavirus was bred in and escaped a lab, although US intelligence officials have been tasked with investigating the possibility by the Biden administration. The results of that investigation are expected at the end of the summer.
Mr Higgins has a long history of making controversial statements. In 2017, he called for “no quarter” for anyone considered “radicalised” by Islam.
“Kill them. Kill them all,” he said.
He also made a video in a gas chamber in the Auschwitz concentration camp that he used as a way to argue that the US military needed to be “invincible” in order to prevent something like the Holocaust from ever happening again.
He was widely criticised for using the gas chamber as a way to further his political beliefs and agenda and eventually removed the video from his official channels.
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