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Unvaccinated teenage politician who fought mask mandate 'terrified' with Covid

A teenage city council member who voted against Decatur, Alabama’s mask mandate has been hospitalized with coronavirus-related pneumonia. Hunter Pepper, 19, tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday morning, five months after opposing the mandate.

‘I am still shallow in breathing but my oxygen remains okay for now!’ Pepper wrote on Facebook on Thursday. ‘Confirming last night after a “CT-Scan” I am now shown to have “Covid Pneumonia” which is absolutely terrible.’

Pepper, who was elected onto Decatur City Council in August 2020 and became the youngest member in its history, said his family grew concerned after he had trouble breathing, among other symptons.

‘Everything In me wants to tell myself it is something different but every way I look it’s “Covid this, Covid that” and it has terrified me and my family,’ Pepper wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

‘The media continues to report on Covid-19 and explains “Death” each time they do. That is honestly terrifying to me but I have faith in the lord.’

When the city council voted to end a mask mandate in April, Pepper said that ‘wearing a mask should be my choice’, according to WAAY-TV. However, Pepper said he would follow private business’ face mask policies if they had them in place.

Pepper also said over the summer that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was ‘your choice’.

‘I will NEVER, push something on you or tell you that you must do something or (you’re) not a great member of society… because I don’t agree with it,’ Pepper wrote on Facebook. ‘I’m here for the people, not just the ones who are vaccinated.’

Pepper criticized Alabama’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey for saying that ‘unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks’ were to blame for surging Covid-19 cases. The governor also said that unvaccinated people ‘are letting us down’.

The young councilman, who has a low blood sugar condition called hypoglycemia, had another hospital visit on Wednesday night. He was treated for extreme shortness of breath and no longer hospitalized on Friday morning.

‘Maybe this will clear up soon and the symptoms of this sickness shall not progress,’ Pepper said, according to the Washington Post. ‘It feels terrible not to be able to breathe.’

Pepper said he would call into the council meeting on Monday if he is able to.

‘I am still extremely sick and am pushing,’ Pepper said. ‘I wouldn’t wish this virus upon anyone, even my worst enemy.’

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