US anti-vaxx leader dies of Covid, supporters say she was murdered to cover up conspiracy theories
Despite the fact that the effectiveness of vaccinations against Covid have been supported by the scientific community and there is now more data from the 9 billion doses administered than any other in medical history, there is a percentage of people who refuse to be inoculated and support conspiracy theories.
One of the most prominent in America is Cirsten Weldon who was known on social media networks for being a promoter of the QAnon movement saying that ‘only idiots get vaccinated’, a defender of conspiracy theories, and whose name made the headlines again on Sunday after dying from Covid.
However, in this case the reaction from her supporters and followers is what is catching the attention of authorities as they are encouraging retribution and making threats against hospital staff that treated her, claiming she was murdered.
In one of the last videos she posted, she stated that she felt exhausted due to a supposed "bacterial pneumonia" that was making her cough, but she refused to receive treatment against the virus. A few days later she was hospitalized and then died at a hospital in California.
Among her most controversial statements is one in which she stated that “Vaccines kill, don't give them! That's how gullible these idiots are. They're all getting shots." In another video she also said she wanted to hang the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, “on a rope"
Weldon’s death from COVID is just the latest instance of a far-right personality who opposed vaccination being killed by the virus. On January 3rd, radio host Doug Kuzma died while infected with the coronavirus., and in August, QAnon promoter Robert David Steele died of the virus shortly after posting a picture of himself in an oxygen mask and vowing to still refuse the vaccine.
In September, a QAnon follower named Veronica Wolski became a ‘celebrity’ in QAnon circles after she was hospitalized with the coronavirus, and QAnon fans besieged the hospital with phone calls demanding that Wolski receive ivermectin, the deworming drug used by some as an unproven coronavirus treatment. Wolski died of the disease later that month.
In the face of these deaths, fans and supporters have started to allege that the dead QAnon figures are being murdered, either because they were refused internet folk remedies like ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, or because they were killed by the deep-state to cover up their conspiracy theories. Ironically, this means they now have a conspiracy theory about being conspiracy theorists!
In December, Kuzma and a number of other conspiracy theorists were sickened with COVID-like symptoms after appearing together at a conference. Rather than acknowledge that they had COVID, the far-right influencers suggested they had been targeted by an anthrax attack.
Since Weldon’s death, her QAnon allies are threatening to pursue violent action against staff at the hospital where she died. Scott McKay, a QAnon personality known as the “Patriot Streetfighter,” said he would publicize the names of doctors and nurses involved in treating Weldon, saying he wanted to “put the fear into these medical professionals”. McKay proposed the hospital staff be sentenced to death, or be murdered in vigilante violence.
The reaction has sparked an investigation into QAnon in America as if is seen to be ‘getting out of hand’ when medical professionals are receiving death threats when trying to save lives.