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Fox News host Neil Cavuto has Covid, but network still hasn’t told viewers why he’s not on air

Fox News host Neil Cavuto has contracted the coronavirus, he says, and credits his Covid vaccination with saving his life.

“Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation,” said Cavuto, who also has multiple sclerosis and has battled cancer and heart problems in the past.

“It’s not, because I did and I’m surviving this because I did,” the host went on. “I hope anyone and everyone gets that message loud and clear. Get vaccinated, for yourself and everyone around you.”

But as some critics have pointed out, that message has not been very loud or clear on the Fox channels that broadcast Mr Cavuto’s shows – at least so far. On Fox Business, where Cavuto anchors Cavuto: Coast to Coast, David Asman filled in for the host on Wednesday, but did not explain why.

“Welcome to Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” Asman began concisely. “I am David Asman, in for Neil Cavuto.”

Asman did not elaborate.

Cavuto’s Fox News Show, Your World with Neil Cavuto, airs at 4pm. It was still possible the network will mention his diagnosis – and his strongly pro-vaccine statement – at that point.

On Twitter, however, some are already criticising the networks for failing to mention the news.

“Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto’s Covid diagnosis has ironically gotten more coverage on MSNBC than on Fox News or Fox Business, where it hasn’t even been mentioned yet,” the journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted, along with a screenshot of Cavuto’s statement on MSNBC.

However, if the networks themselves have so far stayed silent, individual Fox anchors have not. On Twitter, at least nine prominent Fox employees have spoken up to offer Cavuto their support and help spread his message.

“Now Fox’s Neil Cavuto, who has battled MS for years, has Covid,” tweeted Howard Kurtz, host of Fox News’ Media Buzz. “He says that given his issues, he’s surviving this because he’s fully vaccinated. The man is a fighter. Hang in there, Neil.”

“Neil is the best of the best,” wrote Connell McShane, chief national correspondent at Fox Business. “Please get well soon, my friend. As for everyone else, listen to Neil’s advice: ‘Get vaccinated, for yourself and everyone around you.’”

As a network, Fox News has a mixed record on the vaccine issue. While host Sean Hannity has encouraged viewers to get the shot, Tucker Carlson has consistently cast doubt on the efficacy of the vaccines and railed against any effort to require them.

Meanwhile, Fox Corp itself has required its employees to get vaccinated or face daily Covid testing.