QAnon supporters have been targeting a Chicago hospital with a coordinated campaign to force them to treat a patient with ivermectin.
Veronica Wolski was hospitalized two weeks ago after contracting COVID-19 and demanded her doctor give her ivermectin.
She was refused, according to social media posts by Wolski that were reviewed by Vice.
Wolski is known for posting anti-vaccine and QAnon conspiracies from a bridge in Chicago on social media.
Veronica Wolski was hospitalized two weeks ago after contracting COVID-19 and demanded her doctor give her ivermectin. which she was refused, according to social media posts
She is a patient at AMITA Resurrection Hospital in Northwest Chicago and the hospital has faced harassment, including floods of phone calls and in-person protests, for denying Wolski the ivermectin.
Ivermectin is an FDA prescription used to treat certain infections caused by parasites. It is not authorized or approved by the FDA for prevention or treatment of COVID-19, and the FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association and the drug manufacturer have warned against using it to treat COVID-19.
The National Institutes of Health’s COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel also has determined there is insufficient data to recommend ivermectin for treatment of any viral infections.
Wolski is known for posting anti-vaccine and QAnon conspiracies from a bridge in Chicago on social media
L. Lin Wood, one of the attorneys who filed lawsuits in favor of former President Trumps claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, is one of the people behind the movement
The group The People’s Bridge sent out a flyer claiming a doctor who initially agreed to give Wolski ivermectin backtracked because the hospital sided with public health experts and saying that Wolski had been hospitalized for two weeks with ‘Covid pneumonia.’
L. Lin Wood, one of the attorneys who filed lawsuits in favor of former President Trumps claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, is one of the people behind the movement, which claims Wolski has a legal right to try the prescription.
The campaign said supporters should use slogans like ‘Ivermectin Now,’ ‘Feed Veronica’ and ‘CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY’ at the protest.
Wood and former national security adviser Michale Flynn have posted on Telegram in support of Wolski’s quest to be treated with ivermectin
‘He informed me that ivermectin was not on the Amita protocol and [Wolski] would not receive it,’ Wood said when he tried to contact the doctor, according to his own Telegram post. ‘When I tried to respond, he was rude, talked over me, and hung up on me.’
She was also supported on Telegram by Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Trump who often appears at QAnon events.
Both Flynn and Wood are banned from Twitter.
Calls for Ivermectin poisoning saw a 163% increase to a total of 1,143 throughout the U.S. this year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers
Through a spokesperson, Amita Health didn’t address the efforts.
‘At AMITA Health, our first priority is the health and safety of our patients. Our physicians and clinicians follow the full guidance of the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] and the [U.S. Centers for Disease Control] in the treatment of COVID-19,’ Olga Solares said.
Though used in horses and barn animals, people can use Ivermectin to combat parasites and skin diseases, but not COVID-19.
Ivermectin can be used in humans, but in much smaller doses than what is used for animals. The anti-parasite drug has not been shown to be affective against COVID
Large doses of this drug, however, can cause serious harm to humans if ingested, doctors warned.
Calls for Ivermectin poisoning saw a 163% increase to a total of 1,143 throughout the U.S. this year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
At the end of August, there were a total of 459 calls regarding Ivermectin to poison control centers.
The FDA had urged people to stay away from the drug in a tweet last month, writing, ‘You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.’
The prescription has become subject for debate ever since podcast host Joe Rogan started using it to treat COVID-19 last week, claiming doctors had told him to do so.
The FDA has repeatedly warned Americans not to use Ivermectin to combat COVID-19
Top Ivermectin expert says the drug does not treat COVID-19
Dr. Timothy Geary, one of the world’s foremost experts of Ivermectin, says the drug does not have any effectiveness fighting viruses.
Geary, who is the Research Chair in Parasite Biotechnology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, says that the 2020 study which spawned much of the Ivermectin-craze is not being correctly read.
Dr Timothy Geary (pictured) is one of the top experts on ivermectin and has researched the drug for over a decade
He told DailyMail.com that the study did show that Ivermectin could inhibit the replication of COVID-19 virus cells, which is what many are reading from the study that makes them believe the drug has virus killing properties.
Geary explained, though, that the concentration of the drug used in the study were so high that it could not be used for treatment in a human, and would likely cause an overdose.
‘In that study they showed that in cell cultures, Ivermectin could inhibit [Covid] replication, but the concentrations required for that effect were in a range called the micromolar range – very high concentrations relative to what you would find in the plasma of a treated person or an animal, which would be 20 to 50 times lower.’
He does not see too much harm in people using the drug in human-sized doses, though, as Geary assures that it is safe for consumption.
It is safe to use in doses of around 200 micrograms, and even people who are using it to incorrectly treat Covid are unlikely to suffer any major symptoms.
‘There’s no significant toxicity from those doses,’ Geary says.
He also mentioned that the drug has been used billions of times in between humans and animals, and has never shown any ability to combat viruses outside of the laboratory.
The typical Ivermectin prescribed by doctors com in pill form in small doses
But many Americans are facing problems with Ivermectin because they are not using the versions of the drug prescribed by doctors.
Instead, many are finding their own over-the-counter solutions, most notably going to local feed stores and buying medicine meant for horses, cows and sheep.
Prescribed versions of the drug come in pill form, while these versions are liquid.
The dosages are also much larger, meant for an animal that can weigh over 1,000 pounds, not a person that can weight less than one-fifth of that.
Taking doses too large can cause a person to have nausea, body pains, diarrhea limb swelling and other serious side effects.
In more serious cases, a person could overdose and suffer severe damage to their central nervous system, and potentially even die.