First a disclaimer.
This story almost seems like it could be a hoax. Trump supporter says COVID-19 is no big deal and then dies of the virus. I haven’t found an obituary yet, but there are screenshots and a GoFundMe. Once I can 100% this is not some hoax, I will remove the disclaimer.
This is almost just too on-the-nose. That a Trump supporter named “Karen” died of the “liberal hoax” she dismissed in a Facebook post days earlier.
About two weeks ago, Karen Kolb Sehlke posted a rant on Facebook claiming the COVID-19 pandemic was “media driven” and “controlled by the radical people in powerful places.”
There was also a #Trump2020 hashtag in there, along with the claim that “this is what socialism looks like.”
She said abortion was far more serious a problem. She declared the government response the “beginning of socialism.” And she acted like the stock market’s crash was part of that plan.
Kolb Sehlke posted a rather long screed on Facebook about the virus being a hoax:
Here’s another one where she says, “You don’t need hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and Lysol. You need common sense, a sense of direction, faith, a will to fight, and of course guns!”
Sehlke died this week, apparently of COVID-19. And it’s tragic.
She reportedly died on April 2nd. I have not found an obituary yet, but basing the information from the GoFundMe the family set up.
The GoFundMe page on her behalf explained how she tested positive for the virus and it “caused her to go into Kidney failure and septic shock.” But perhaps after her hypocrisy came to light, the page was revised to remove those references, before being disabled altogether (maybe to avoid comments).
The screenshots live on.
March 14th: *posted COVID-19 hoax, anti-socialism rant on FB*
April 2nd: *died of COVID-19, family asking for GoFundMe donations*
Don’t fall for this coronavirus ‘5G Syndrome’ hoax on Facebook
The claim: “Coronavirus Hoax: Fake Virus Pandemic Fabricated to Cover-Up Global Outbreak of 5G Syndrome.” — headline on an article being widely shared on Facebook.
PolitiFact ruling: False. World experts say the virus originated in an animal — perhaps in a bat that transmitted the virus to another animal, and then to humans. It can kill you. It is mutates to a new strain and there are several already.
How Many Coronaviruses Are There?
Coronaviruses didn’t just pop up recently. They’re a large family of viruses that have been around for a long time. Many of them can make people ill with sniffles or coughing. Before the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, coronaviruses were thought to cause only mild respiratory infections in people.
The new (or “novel”) coronavirus is one of several known to infect humans. It’s probably been around for some time in animals. Sometimes, a virus in animals crosses over into people. That’s what scientists think happened here. So this virus isn’t new to the world, but it is new to humans. When scientists found out that it was making people sick in 2019, they named it as a novel coronavirus.
Human Coronavirus Types
Scientists have divided coronaviruses into four sub-groupings, called alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Seven of these viruses can infect people. The four common ones are:
- 229E (alpha)
- NL63 (alpha)
- OC43 (beta)
- HKU1 (beta)
The three less-common ones are:
- MERS-CoV, a beta virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)
- SARS-CoV, a beta virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
- SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19
People are sharing a viral post claiming that the COVID-19 coronavirus can be eliminated by simply drinking water or gargling with water or vinegar.
The post is completely FALSE, and is yet another Internet hoax targeting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here are the facts!
Corona virus before it reaches the lungs it remains in the throat for four days and that this time the person begins to cough and have throat pains.
If he drinks water a lot and gargling with warm water & salt or vinegar eliminates the virus.
Spread this information because you can save someone with this information.
The COVID-19 coronavirus infects you when you breathe in the viral particles, but your throat is NOT a filter for your respiratory system.
These viral particles or virion will NOT stop by the throat for a 4-day sojourn before heading to your lungs
Drinking very hot water (as some have suggested) isn’t going to help, because scalding your throat won’t eliminate the virus from your upper respiratory system
More importantly, why focus on complicated methods like drinking hot water and gargling with salt water or vinegar, when there is a MUCH EASIER and PROVEN method?
If you avoid infecting yourself by washing your hands before touching your nose, mouth and eyes, there is no need to “flush” the virus down or out.
Do the smart thing – WASH YOUR HANDS!