Vaccine cartoonist Ben Garrison says he has Covid-19 and won’t go to hospital
Ben Garrison, a right-wing cartoonist known for his opposition to vaccines and his extremely flattering designs of former President Donald Trump, told Gizmodo on Sunday night that he had contracted covid-19 and had been ill for about two weeks. But being allegedly covid hasn’t changed Garrison’s view of modern medical science.
Garrison, who lives in Montana, believes he caught covid-19 while dining out a few weeks ago. Montana has seen a worrying increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with around 900 new cases every day.
“Yes it is Covid and we had all the symptoms. My wife and [I] went out with a couple to a restaurant and the next day all four of us were sick. One of us went to a doctor and we told her she had Covid, and that was the deciding factor, âGarrison told Gizmodo via email. (The garrison was banned from twitter for supporting the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.)
âWe take ivermectin and various vitamins, including a lot of zinc,â Garrison continued, explaining what he does to treat the disease. The cartoonist also notes that he takes beet juice. None of this has been proven to treat or prevent covid-19, with monoclonal antibodies and vaccines being the only real means to fight against this pandemic, which still rages in many regions of the world.
Garrison has been promoting ivermectin in his various cartoons, including the illustration above, where a horse is seen kicking Dr.Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert. The cartoon horse appears to have a “pennies” symbol on its hooves as it shouts “Take back the meaning of the horse!” And kicks Dr. Fauci, who is holding a drooping needle with dollar signs.
Ivermectin does not been shown to help treat covid-19. While ivermectin is being investigated as a potential treatment for covid-19, much of this research is plagued by alleged fraud, errors, forgetfulness and erroneous data. At appropriate doses, the drug is relatively safe and a useful pest control. Its popular use is for the treatment of parasites in cattle such as horses. Recently, some people, especially those influenced by Facebook’s disinformation centers, have taken the animal versions of the drug mistakenly believing that it can cure or prevent covid-19, which has led to the association of the drug. ‘ivermectin with horses. Garrison makes a clear reference to this with his recent cartoon.
With 1,440 cases this year so far, ivermectin poisoning has more than tripled since 2019 and 2020, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The The New York Times reported on Sunday that in New Mexico, two people have died; their deaths are attributed to the use of ivermectin instead of proven treatments for covid-19. State health officials claim that ivermectin caused kidney failure in one of the patients.
Garrison told Gizmodo that he and his wife were not feeling well and that he had completely lost his sense of taste and smell. Garrison seems to believe that he and his wife are struggling to overcome the disease because they are in their 60s.
âTina and I are feeling a little better after two weeks, but it’s been difficult. I have lost my taste and smell as well as the desire to eat any type of food. I lost 15 pounds as a result. Young people tend to bounce back faster, but we’re in our mid-60s, âGarrison wrote.
When Gizmodo asked Garrison if he had been vaccinated against covid-19, he repeated many of the same conspiracy theories that appear in his cartoons.
âWe will never take their foul-spiked protein-producing jabs, which are neither safe nor effective. They are not real vaccines. These are gene therapies, âGarrison wrote in an email to Gizmodo.
The various covid-19 vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, have been shown to be safe and effective.
â15,000 have died from Covid vaccines and hundreds of thousands more have had serious side effects. The mainstream media won’t say a word about it, not a single glance. Instead, we get the âsafe and effectiveâ malarky over and over again and the government instigators urging us to take the poison free. Do not do it. The CEO of Pfizer certainly won’t. Bill Gates and his family won’t either, âGarrison said.
Serious side effects of covid-19 vaccines, such as death, are extremely rare and every American is more likely to die covid-19 than vaccines. Garrison’s claim that Pfizer CEO will not get vaccinated is just plain wrong. Bill Gates was also vaccinated against covid-19, despite conspiracy theorists claiming it won’t get the hang of fears of side effects.
Garrison says he would never go to a hospital to treat his covid-19. (Last week, NBC News reported that anti-vaccine Facebook groups urged members not to seek hospital treatment for covid-19 and even asked them to remove sick family members from the ICU.)
âI would never go to the hospital with Covid. Robert David Steele did it a few weeks ago and they killed him. Hospitals are given extra money for Covid death reports, which is necessary to maintain the fear, âGarrison said in an email to Gizmodo.
The man Garrison refers to, Robert David Steele, was a conspiracy theorist who frequently appeared on InfoWars with Alex Jones. Steele, 69, believed in some incredibly bizarre things, including that NASA had imprisoned children on Mars for work like slaves. Steele, who claimed to be a former CIA officer, is believed to have died of covid-19 in August.
Garrison insists the whole response to the covid-19 pandemic is really about government control, not public health – a running mantra in the covid hoax community. He repeated his false declaration that vaccines do not prevent covid-19, ad nauseam. “It’s about vaccine passports, tracking, government control and tyranny,” Garrison added.
The United States is currently on average over 119,000 new cases every day and over 2,000 new deaths. And with only 55.9% of the population fully vaccinated, the disease will likely continue to circulate among the population through the winter.