Extremist Republican House District 55 candidate Cindy Ficklin has repeatedly asserted, without providing any evidence, that the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus was manufactured in a laboratory and intentionally designed to target elderly, obese and less fit people, adding “Hitler would have loved it.”
She stated this the first time in an April 6, 2020 Facebook post:
She repeated this same assertion in a comment on this blog on September 18, 2021, at which time Ficklin also too the opportunity to discount the proven value of Covid-19 vaccines at helping people stay out of the hospital if they get Covid-19:
The Mesa County Public Health Covid-19 Data Dashboard has consistently shown over the coursed of almost a year that the large majority of people who get hospitalized with Covid-19 are unvaccinated, showing the vaccination is effective at keeping people who get infected with Covid-19 out of the hospital. Thus the vaccine has been key to preventing the total collapse of our local health care system, which is already heavily burdened with a nearly-unmanageable number of Covid cases.
As of November 18, close to 100% of our local hospitals’ resources were being utilized primarily by unvaccinated Covid-19 patients:
Ficklin has developed a reputation for spreading “a dizzying array” of far right wing conspiracy theories.
A candidate who is irresponsible enough to openly lie about the origin of the virus, and the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines, and who uses this to actively discourage people from getting vaccinated, contributes to the further spread of Covid-19 and sends us closer to overburdening our local hospitals.