A CARE home nurse was fired for branding the coronavirus a HOAX – and still claims there is “no evidence” of the bug despite one million people dying worldwide.
Carley Louise Stewart, 31, was among thousands of protesters who took to the streets of London last weekend fuelled by bonkers conspiracy theories about the respiratory disease and the government’s lockdown measures.
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The care home worker attended the protest dressed in full uniform from the Ribble View care home in Fishwick where she works – and brandished signs reading “We have empty beds” and “Where’s the pandemic?”
Mum-of-two Carley, from Preston, told the Daily Mail she believes that lockdown has done more harm to the public than the virus which has killed 40,000 Brits since mid-March.
The nurse offered only anecdotal information about her own care home and appeared to ignore the overwhelming scientific consensus about the dangerous disease.
She said: “At the start of the pandemic, I was worried but as time went on, I saw absolutely no evidence of a killer virus, let alone a pandemic.
“While there were news reports saying the elderly were dying in droves in care homes, in the home where I was working no one became ill and no one died. Of anything.
“I can’t bear dishonesty of any kind, and I could see dishonesty on a massive scale during this so-called pandemic.”
She claims that her care home did not suffer any coronavirus deaths between January and August – despite official figures showing some 15,000 fatalities nationally in retirement facilities.
Carley later decided to participate in the Save our Rights UK rally – led by Jeremy Corbyn’s activist brother Piers and political campaigner Louise May Creffield.
The rally, held on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, drew a bizarre array of protesters from across the political spectrum – and was eventually shut down by police later in the day.
Carley claims that she persuaded other nurses to accompany her to the rally, but was unable to get them to talk publicly as they were “scared that they wouldn’t be believed”.
When her boss found out about her attendance, she was dismissed by email and told that wearing her uniform to the protest had breached company policy.
The email added that she had also put the care home and other colleagues at risk by meeting thousands of people without social distancing.
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