QAnon Followers Threaten Hospital After Outspoken COVID Denier Dies Of COVID

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  3 days ago  •  13 comments

By:   Ryan Grenoble, HuffPost

QAnon Followers Threaten Hospital After Outspoken COVID Denier Dies Of COVID

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QAnon Followers Threaten Hospital After Outspoken COVID Denier Dies Of COVID






Ryan Grenoble






Mon, September 13, 2021, 4:54 PM










QAnon believers and other conspiracy theorists have inundated a Chicago hospital with threats after a prominent COVID-19  denier who sought treatment for the disease died Monday.


Veronica Wolski, 64, was well-known in the Chicago area for disseminating   anti-vaccine and pro-QAnon messages   via large banners posted in highly-trafficked areas.

She became a political lightning rod in conspiracy circles after she contracted COVID-19 and suffered complications. Her backers loudly demanded Resurrection Medical Center treat her with   ivermectin , a drug commonly used to deworm livestock. The drug has some human applications, but it is not approved for use in treatment of COVID-19 (federal health agencies, in fact, recommend against it).

Lin Wood   — a far-right attorney Twitter   permanently banned   earlier this year after he   predicted   the execution of then-Vice President   Mike Pence   by firing squad — seized upon Wolski’s hospitalization to boost his own publicity. He used social media to urge his followers to contact staff at the hospital and demand Wolski be treated with   ivermectin .

Hundreds of people have since called and emailed the hospital,   according to NBC Chicago . Some have threatened violence.

In a post on Telegram after Wolski’s death,   Wood told his followers   they had a “responsibility” to stop “medical murders” and to “go to war.” Hospital staff   reportedly   called the police in response to bomb threats.

A spokesperson for AMITA Health Medical Group confirmed Wolski died early Monday but declined to elaborate on the nature of the calls the hospital has been receiving.


Similar scenes are playing out at hospitals across the country. Extremist groups are seeking to agitate their followers after efforts to coerce medical professionals into administering ivermectin have fallen flat.


In Vancouver, Washington, the leader of the   far-right group   Patriot Prayer promised a “call to action” this week after failing to secure a court order that would have forced doctors at a local hospital to give a COVID-19 patient ivermectin.

The man, Rodger Gundersen, died Sunday night, a spokesperson for PeaceHealth Medical Center confirmed. Patriot Prayer’s leader posted on social media after his death, accusing Gundersen’s doctors of murder.

PeaceHealth told HuffPost the hospital “strongly opposes” the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 as it has not been shown to be effective in clinical trials, and its long-term side effects and possible interactions with proven, existing treatments are unknown.

The hospital said patients and surrogate health decision-makers who desire ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 have the option to transfer to another facility.

Jared Holt, a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab who researches domestic extremism, said the trend is troubling.

“There has been increasing hostility toward medical professionals as more unvaccinated people, particularly those with varying degrees of influence in anti-vaccine activism, are hospitalized and even dying after catching COVID-19,” Holt wrote in an email to HuffPost.

“Rather than confront their own irresponsible health choices, these movements have instead coped by alleging wrongdoing by the medical workers tasked with trying to save their lives,” he said. “It’s a terrible development that is putting workers at hospitals ― who are already sacrificing a lot to help in the ways they’re able ― in risk of danger.”

Unvaccinated people are four and a half times more likely to contract COVID-19 than their vaccinated peers and 11 times more likely to die from it,   according to data   the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   released last week .

This article originally appeared on   HuffPost   and has been updated.










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Tessylo
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1  seeder  Tessylo    3 days ago

Lin Wood       — a far-right attorney Twitter      permanently banned       earlier this year after he      predicted       the execution of then-Vice President      Mike Pence       by firing squad — seized upon Wolski’s hospitalization to boost his own publicity. He used social media to urge his followers to contact staff at the hospital and demand Wolski be treated with      ivermectin   .

Hundreds of people have since called and emailed the hospital,      according to NBC Chicago   . Some have threatened violence.

In a post on Telegram after Wolski’s death,      Wood told his followers       they had a “responsibility” to stop “medical murders” and to “go to war.” Hospital staff      reportedly       called the police in response to bomb threats.

A spokesperson for AMITA Health Medical Group confirmed Wolski died early Monday but declined to elaborate on the nature of the calls the hospital has been receiving.


Similar scenes are playing out at hospitals across the country. Extremist groups are seeking to agitate their followers after efforts to coerce medical professionals into administering ivermectin have fallen flat.
 
 
 
Tessylo
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2  seeder  Tessylo    3 days ago

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Trout Giggles
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2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @2    3 days ago

Good word

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3  seeder  Tessylo    3 days ago

Jared Holt, a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab who researches domestic extremism, said the trend is troubling.

“There has been increasing hostility toward medical professionals as more unvaccinated people, particularly those with varying degrees of influence in anti-vaccine activism, are hospitalized and even dying after catching COVID-19,” Holt wrote in an email to HuffPost.

“Rather than confront their own irresponsible health choices, these movements have instead coped by alleging wrongdoing by the medical workers tasked with trying to save their lives,” he said. “It’s a terrible development that is putting workers at hospitals ― who are already sacrificing a lot to help in the ways they’re able ― in risk of danger.”

Unvaccinated people are four and a half times more likely to contract COVID-19 than their vaccinated peers and 11 times more likely to die from it,    according to data    the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    released last week  .

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @3    3 days ago

WTF is wrong with these people?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    3 days ago

This agnorance is completely dumbfounding.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
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4  SteevieGee    3 days ago

Woolski doesn't have her own doctor?  You know, someone who can prescribe a drug for an off-label use?  I guess veterinarians don't have admitting rights.

My guess?  She spews a bunch of crap about ivermectin but knows it's a lie or she would have asked her doctor to prescribe it.

 
 
 
Ender
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5  Ender    3 days ago

My Lord people are complete idiots.

If they are so upset about it, I say when they get sick, stay away from hospital.

Fucking morons.

 
 
 
JBB
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6  JBB    3 days ago

Q, Ron Watkins, is just an infamous internet troll...

original

 
 
 
Ender
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6.1  Ender  replied to  JBB @6    3 days ago

He just looks the part doesn't he...

 
 
 
JBB
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6.1.1  JBB  replied to  Ender @6.1    3 days ago

Greasy and sleasy...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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6.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  JBB @6    3 days ago

Is that the same guy?

 
 
 
JBB
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7  JBB    3 days ago

original

 
 
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