Anti-vaccine Police Who Took Medicine Against Horseworm Dies Of COVID



A police officer who frequently expressed anti-vaccination sentiments and took horse dewormer in a misguided attempt to prevent coronavirus died of Covid-19.

Captain Joe Manning, 57, of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia, died Wednesday of complications from Covid-19, according to local broadcaster from WSAV.

Wayne County Sheriff Chuck Moseley described Captain Manning as an “integral part” of the area’s law enforcement community.

Captain Manning was an integral part of the Wayne county sheriff's office. Source:WSAV


After his death was announced, his Facebook posts were shared online in which he expressed anti-vaccine sentiments and promoted the animal dewormer Ivermectin.

In an Aug. 14 post, Captain Manning shared the location of a food store that sells the medication for animals.

“Ok folks, Wayne Feed and Seed has some Ivermectin liquid and pills, get it while supplies last,” he wrote.

Ivermectin is generally used in horses and other animals to kill roundworms. Doctors prescribe some forms of ivermectin for use by humans with parasitic worms or lice.

The US Food and Drug Administration has urged Americans not to use the drug, as it does nothing to prevent coronavirus and can cause illness in humans.

Even ivermectin levels for approved uses can interact with other medications, such as blood thinners. You can also overdose on ivermectin which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness , ataxia (balance problems), seizures, coma and even death, “the FDA wrote on its website.

The FDA noted that ivermectin intended for humans is not interchangeable with the version intended for animals.

“You are not a horse. You are not a cow,” the FDA posted on Twitter. “Seriously all of you. Stop”

The drug has vastly increased in popularity with conservatives and vaccine advocates, who see it as a viable alternative to FDA-approved coronavirus vaccines.

Fox News personalities such as Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity have also promoted the drug to their viewers despite its risks.

You have hydroxychloroquine, which of course got political and totally maligned, ivermectin, vitamin D, zinc, it’s all good to take,” Ingraham said on his show.

Captain Manning spoke about his drug use of ivermectin on Facebook and complained when the social media platform sanctioned him for posting misinformation.

I have been censured again for posting an opinion on covid and being one that has not been vaccinated,” he wrote in July.

One of his posts included a button that said “I’m not vaccinated” as well as the phrase “by choice and that’s my right.”

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