According to a report, the Shuangcheng doctor who spread misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine has died of the virus. Dr. Christopher Foley, 71, a doctor in Vadnais Heights, died of COVID-19 complications in October. The doctor’s son Logan said his father had not been vaccinated.
His son told MPR News that Foley was trained in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota and was passionate about “caring for others” through natural medicine. However, Foley promoted misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Over the past year, in several blog posts uploaded on his clinic website, Foley claimed that wearing a mask is “dangerous.”
He wrote in a blog post titled “Time to Uncover the Open Cover”: “For healthy people, external masks are basically unnecessary and essential to protect the wearer or anyone around them. Useless.” In another blog post, Foley promoted ivermectin as a proven treatment for COVID-19.
He pointed out that even after the US Food and Drug Administration advised against it, he still prescribed the drug to his patients. The 71-year-old doctor also retweeted Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s allegations, accusing Microsoft founder Bill Gates of planning to expel vaccine skeptics on a large scale from social media platforms. Kennedy has always been outspoken against vaccines. Since then, he has been banned from using social media.
It is unclear whether Foley’s stance on viruses and vaccines has harmed his patients. At his funeral, Logan claimed that his father had helped 50 people recover from COVID-19 infection. Vaccine misinformation continues to spread in the United States.
A new public opinion data from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s vaccine monitoring agency shows that more than 78% of American adults surveyed believe in at least one of the eight COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theories.
The poll also found that 64% of unvaccinated adults believe or are not sure about at least four of the eight false vaccine claims. In contrast, only 19% of vaccinated adults believe or are not sure about half of the eight false theories.