Lebron James posted a controversial meme to Instagram on Christmas Eve asking the difference between COVID-19, the cold and the flu after previously admitting he’d been vaccinated despite voicing skepticism over getting the shot.
The Lakers star posted a picture of the ‘Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man’ meme, featuring three identical images of the superhero pointing at one another.
The three are captioned with the words ‘flu,’ ‘covid’ and ‘cold’ underneath each of them, with the implication being the three are one in the same.
Meanwhile the Lakers, like many other teams, have faced widespread personnel losses due to COVID-19.
As of Saturday, the Lakers were still missing head coach Frank Vogel as well as five players: Avery Bradley, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Austin Reaves and Malik Monk, all over COVID-19 protocols.
The Lakers star posted a meme, pictured, featuring three identical images of Spider-Man pointing at one another, captioned with the words ‘flu,’ ‘covid’ and ‘cold’ underneath
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James dribbles the ball during first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday. The team had only 12 players available for the game
LeBron James, pictured, number six of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the San Antonio Spurs on December 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
The team had only 12 players available for its game against the Spurs on Thursday.
The Lakers play the Nets, who themselves are missing Kevin Durant due to COVID-19 protocols, on Christmas day.
James is joined by a number of other prominent athletes who are stirring the pot on social media as the Omicron variant continues to run rampant through the US and cases continue to spike nationwide.
Others, like golf legend Phil Mickelson, have called out the response to the strain, while suggesting it’s less deadly than previous variant’s of the coronavirus.
‘Serious question since I’m not a dr,’ Mickelson tweeted Thursday.
Other athletes, like golf legend Phil Mickelson, have called out the response to the strain, while suggesting it’s less deadly than previous variant’s of the coronavirus
‘If omicron is contagious but not deadly why try and control it? Why not let it go and let people get it and develop immunity? Especially for those who won’t get vaccinated? he tweeted
‘If omicron is contagious but not deadly (25,000 cases in Africa with no deaths) why try and control it?’
‘Why not let it go and let people get it and develop immunity? Especially for those who won’t get vaccinated? Pls no hate, I’m just curious.’
Meanwhile, as COVID cases soar across the US, health experts have predicted things will get worse in 2022.
The Omicron variant is expected to cause 140 million new infections from January to March, infecting 60 percent of all Americans, the majority of which will be asymptomatic cases.
Change in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, pictured above
Pictured: Coronavirus in the US, with nearly 52 million total cases and over 816,000 deaths
Coronavirus latest: 51,966,735 cases in US, with 4,585 of those cases Omicron cases
Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington updated their COVID-19 model and expect the virus to hit the US hard come January, peaking at 2.8 million new cases a day by January 28.
‘We are expecting an enormous surge in infections … so, an enormous spread of Omicron,’ IHME director Dr. Chris Murray said told USA Today.
‘Total infections in the U.S. we forecast are going from about 40 percent of the U.S. having been infected so far, to having in the next two to three months, 60 percent of the US getting infected with Omicron.’
Despite the surge, experts believe the new infections will ultimately lead to fewer deaths and hospitalizations than the deadly Delta variant, as Omicron is believed to be a more infectious but less severe variant.