Even a chemical found in bleach could not save one prominent anti-vaxxer from dying from COVID.
Johann Biacsics, one of the leaders of the anti-vaccination movement in Austria, took a different approach to treat COVID-19. After contracting it in October, he began administering himself with chlorine dioxide, an ingredient found in some bleach products, according to Newsweek.
However, he still died in December after suffering complications from the disease.
Since August, at least 13 prominent anti-vaxxers, mostly conservatives, have died from COVID.
Here are the eight we’ve previously reported on: Marc Bernier, Phil Valentine, Jimmy DeYoung, Dick Farrel, Tod Tucker, Jimmy DeYoung, Sr., Gregg Prentice, and Marcus Lamb. Now we’re adding five more to the list: Robin Fransman, William Hartmann, Kelly Ernby, Biacsics, and Douglas Kuzma.
A Republican in California, Ernby died from COVID after “lashing out at vaccine mandates during a right-wing rally,” according to the Independent.
She was the deputy district attorney of Orange County and a presumptive state Assembly candidate for 2022. However, she died shortly after telling her family and friends that she tested positive for COVID-19.
Another anti-vaxxer who died from COVID was Hartmann, who tried to block certification of President Joe Biden’s election win, according to Business Insider.
His sister wrote on Facebook that he had been hospitalized with the disease and was "in ICU with COVID pneumonia and currently on a ventilator."
Hartmann’s death was confirmed by Gustavo Portela, a communications director for the Michigan GOP, according to The Detroit News. He was 63.
Hartmann shared anti-vaccination conspiracy theories on social media, belittling the virus and opposing mask mandates, mandatory vaccines, and vaccine lotteries, according to The New York Times. He compared vaccine passports to Nazi Germany.
Fransman, 53, was a Dutch economist who was skeptical of vaccines and downplayed their effectiveness on social media. He said in an interview with Dutch Daily AD that lockdowns and strict measures could “help some in society but not others.”
"The lives of the vulnerable are important, but also the lives of the less vulnerable. It's really not our intention to just throw open every door. We need to find a better balance," Fransman said, according to Newsweek.
He announced on Twitter Dec. 3 that he tested positive for the disease. He later died in a hospital in Amsterdam Dec. 28 due to the consequences of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID, Newsweek reported.
Kuzma, who was a conservative radio host, died after contracting COVID after attending a QAnon-friendly gathering in Texas, according to the Daily Beast. He was an outspoken critic on his show "Frog News Network."
“I really loved him and I would do anything for him,” Amanda Kuzma told The Daily Beast while confirming her father’s death earlier this week. “He was a great father.”
In a bit of irony, Jeff Hoverson, a Republican state representative in North Dakota, was set to hold an anti-vax rally in Minot Nov. 8, but couldn’t attend because he was too sick after catching COVID. He is still alive.