A captain at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office who promoted anti-vaccination propaganda and dangerous COVID-19 “cures” on his Facebook page has died after a short battle with COVID-19.
Capt. Joe Manning died Wednesday at the age of 57, according to Sheriff Chuck Moseley.
“Captain Manning was an integral part of our family and our hearts are broken. Our love and prayers go forward to his family,” Moseley said.
Manning, who is survived by his wife, Tammi, their three children and eight grandchildren, had a well-documented history of posting anti-vaccine messages on his Facebook page.
The Intercept’s Ken Klippenstein documented some of Manning’s anti-vax posts.
On August 14th, Manning posted a meme that stated, “If we lose on vaccines we will completely lose our right to sovereignty over our own bodies.”
Later that day, Manning told his friends: “Wayne Feed and Seed has some liquid and past Ivermectin get it while supplies last.”
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) August 27, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned physicians this week to be on the lookout for cases of ivermectin overdose, as people increasingly self-prescribe the drug in an effort to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that is used to treat river blindness and intestinal roundworm infection in humans and to de-worm pets and livestock. Lotions and creams containing ivermectin are also used to treat head lice and rosacea