QAnon supporters threaten doctors across the country
QAnon supporters threatened a hospital that refused to give an unapproved and potentially dangerous drug to a COVID-19-denying patient
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Veronica Wolski, a QAnon follower and COVID-19 denier, died early Monday, Sept. 13 in a Chicago hospital from the disease she refused to acknowledge. She also suffered from hypothyroidism, a pre-existing condition that can aggravate bilateral types of pnuemonia caused by the coronavirus.
Followers of QAnon are now threatening the hospital that treated her for refusing to give her an unapproved and potentially dangerous drug.
The victim was known in Chicago for her dissemination of anti-vaccine and pro-QAnon messages, which she displayed on banners that she hung in places with heavy traffic. She was known as "the lady of the bridge."
After supporting Bernie Sanders, she in recent years opted for Donald Trump and it was then that she began to follow the QAnon movement and showed her rejection of the restrictions due to the pandemic and vaccines.
According to her companions, she had been hospitalized for weeks. The coordinated harassment campaign against the health center began last week. At first, it was a small protest but later, QAnon supporters overwhelmed the hospital's phone service with calls.
They demanded that the patient be treated with ivermectin, a drug used to deworm cattle. Doctors refused because the FDA has not approved it to treat or prevent COVID-19.
The agency assured that the drug is allowed for treatment in very specific doses for some conditions with parasitic worms in humans, but always topically and in no case is it an antiviral. In recent months, different poison control centers have detected a massive increase in cases related to the intake of ivermectin.
The hospital harassment was promoted by Lin Wood, a far-right lawyer whose account was terminated by Twitter for predicting the execution of Mike Pence while he was still vice president. Since then, the center has received hundreds of calls and emails that included violent threats.
The hospital declined to comment, but reportedly had to call the police over bomb threats. Wood had called for "go to war" against "medical killings" and the harassment campaign is not only at the Chicago hospital, but has extended to health centers throughout the country.
On Sunday, Sept. 12, another denier in Vancouver, Rodger Gundersen, passed away. The leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer promised a "call to action" after his death and accused the doctors of murder by refusing to give the patient ivermectin. According to experts in extremism, this is a worrying trend.