Caleb Wallace, who created the San Angelo Freedom Defenders a group that held a rally to combat “COVID-19 tyranny” has died after spending more than a month in the hospital.
This new according to a message posted by his wife, Jessica Wallace, on a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover his hospital bills. She wrote in the GFM post where so far nearly $70,000 has been raised,
“Caleb has peacefully passed on. He will forever live in our hearts and minds.”
According to The New York Times, Wallace checked into the Shannon Medical Center on July 30. Earlier that month, he organized a rally for people who were frustrated with the COVID measures put in place to contain the current surge in infections.
Wallace started feeling symptoms associated with COVID-19 — shortness of breath, high fever and a dry cough — on July 26, and they worsened the next day, according to the San Angelo Standard-Times.
He initially refused to go to the hospital and get tested for the virus, instead opting to take ivermectin — an anti-parasite medication used mostly in livestock that the Food and Drug Administration recently urged people NOT to take to treat COVID— along with high doses of Vitamin C, zinc aspirin and an inhaler.
On July 30 a relative took him to the hospital, where he remained until his death. On Aug. 27, Jessica Wallace wrote that her husband
“won’t make it much longer.
To those who wished him death, I’m sorry his views and opinions hurt you. I prayed he’d come out of this with a new perspective and more appreciation for life.”
Wallace was a staunch critic of wearing masks to curb the spread of the virus, frequently questioning the science behind face coverings and dismissing them as an effective way to fight the pandemic.
The San Angelo Standard-Times reported that he organized a Freedom Rally in July 2020 for people who were
“sick of the government being in control of our lives.”
Wallace wrote on Facebook in December 2020,
“Show me the science that masks work.
Show me the evidence that school closures work. Show me the evidence that lock-downs work.”
The U.S. is seeing a surge in COVID cases, driven largely by the highly infectious delta variant that has taken hold as the dominant strain in the country.
Health experts have touted the effectiveness of vaccines in protecting against serious COVID-19 infections. The vast majority of recent coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths have been among individuals who are not inoculated.
Caleb Wallace has died of COVID-19 https://t.co/SqdoibFmFr— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) August 28, 2021
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