Jennifer Gibson, who acted in “A Dog’s Way Home” and “Suits” developed partial Bell’s palsy in 2021. The temporary condition that makes one side of a person’s face droop usually only lasts weeks. Gibson described her experience, which she stresses should not deter others from getting vaxxed.
Since President Joe Biden said in a September 18 interview on the CBS program “60 Minutes” that the pandemic is over, it seems outdated advice.
More than one million deaths from COVID-19 were reported in the U.S. out of 96 million reported coronavirus cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While health officials and paranoid germaphobes disagree with the president’s assessment, only 21,934 are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, the CDC reports. That is an incredibly small number for a population greater than 300 million. Numbers are aligning with other, previously known strains of influenza virus.
So, an actress reporting a few weeks loss of facial control on one side of her face is not adding much new or medically useful information about a decaying virus.
Actresses, though, thrive on drama so why not a video advocating continued alarm about a pandemic Biden declared over.
“Well this is not a video I want to make, and it’s kinda hard to make, because, as I’m watching myself I see what I’m gonna say, which is I have been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, which is paralysis on one side of the face,” Gibson said in a now viral video.
“So, I got it about two weeks after getting my vaccine, and I had a rough go with the vaccine — and I guess still am — but I have to say that I would do it again,” the actress continued, “because it’s what we have to do to see people.”
Gibson describes herself as an “inclusive feminist” on her Instagram account.
“I’ve had many people follow this page after their own #diagnosis, so I’m sharing this video hoping it gives them optimism,” the Canadian actress commented. “My symptoms got worse after this video.”
“I was considered a severe case, and I am almost back to ‘normal’,” she continued. “I didn’t see any improvement for about a month and I got really discouraged, so I hope this can help someone. #bellspalsy #recovery.”