Since the United States began rolling out a coronavirus vaccine, many Americans have been looking for information about when, where, and how they and their loved ones got the jab. The question of who becomes who first and why is who is inevitable.
However, a small group of vocal fanatics began frantically looking for something weak and non-existent: evidence that these vaccines against COVID-19 have begun to kill people.
“Comprehensive list of COVID vaccine-related deaths?” A Reddit user recently posted an article on a forum focused on conspiracy theories. “Did anyone get together?”
“Choose the date and time of the first recorded death of the vaccinated person [sic],”
Today, anti-vaxxer comments have led many Americans to falsely believe that the COVID-19 vaccine will kill people, the power they possess will suppress it, and that they must hunt down and share evidence of this alleged atrocity. Experts in anti-vaxxer rhetoric and collusion theory worry that this frantic hunt for death and disaster may lead reasonable but worrying people into the rabbit hole of collusion and ultimately hinder efforts to contain this nightmare pandemic.
The current pursuit of death is so remote that even some conservative vaccine skeptics keep themselves away from fanaticism.
“I heard reports that two people had allergic reactions [resultant] A Reddit user who declined to give his real name told The Daily Beast, explaining why they issued a call for an update on the alleged vaccine death.
This user published a debunking topic about how vaccines that require refrigeration contain antifreeze. He said that they saw other people on social media saying that a small number of cases of allergic reactions related to the COVID-19 vaccine dose have been quickly effective The treatment resulted in zero deaths.
It happens to be true. The Phantom Death Hunter added, but by calling for more death stories, “These are rumors that I want to avoid.”
Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines are the only two vaccines currently approved for emergency use in the United States. They may have some side effects, such as soreness at the jab and mild fatigue and fever, which can last for a day or two. As Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Daily Beast, they also produced “a number of allergic reactions beyond expectations.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that as of On December 18, 6 people had an allergic attack shortly after receiving a certain dose. This allergic reaction could be fatal if left untreated.
However, health officials are well aware of this smaller risk and are ready to address it. So far, no official agency or anyone who has been completely deleted from the anti-vaxxer false information has recorded a death case caused or even related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Hotez said: “Vaccines generally seem to have good safety.”
Of course, in the long-term record of falsely linking vaccines and deaths, anti-vaxxers are almost inevitable, and they will continue to track the death toll of the COVID-19 vaccine. After the vaccine trial began, some people seemed to have begun to find and promote high-minded stories.
As early as April, there were posts on social media claiming that one of the first participants in the vaccine trial conducted by AstraZeneca and Oxford University died after the injection. She didn’t. It is not even clear, as a randomized trial participant, whether she has ever received a certain dose of vaccine or placebo. In spring and summer, there are apparently false claims that COVID-19 vaccines have also emerged. These vaccines have killed people in Guinea, children in Senegal, and four children in unspecified areas of the world.
Anti-vaxxers tend to rack their brains by relying on the core of established facts. Therefore, the unfounded death request became the second best option in the spring and summer of this year, making people think about Moderna and Pfizer’s use of novel mRNA vaccination technology (in fact, an unproven technology). Some anti-vaxxers claim that they can mutate humans in some way. In the past month, people began to worry about the risk of paralysis associated with Pfizer vaccine, which was triggered after a small number of people suffered from Bell’s palsy. (Bell’s palsy is usually a temporary condition, and these conditions are actually not firmly linked to vaccination.)
However, before the FDA approved the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, stories about allergic reactions of trial participants and deaths during the trial jointly triggered a new wave of highly concentrated panic activities. Fact: Two people who received the Pfizer vaccine and six people who received the Moderna vaccine died in their respective trials. However, they all seem to have died from completely unrelated causes.
In recent days, anti-vaxxers have also jumped on the above-mentioned CDC report, which states that as of December 18, they have checked more than 110,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine, of which more than 3,000 people’s response made them “unable to carry out their daily work.” . activity. “Anti-Vaxxers believes that this proves that the risk of vaccine-related reactions is extremely dangerous and will lead to greater deaths than COVID-19, which has caused at least 326,000 American deaths.
The CDC did not respond to requests for comment on this report or anti-vaxxer reading of this report. However, Hotz points out that these more than 3,000 reactions may mainly consist of low-grade fever symptoms and other mild and normal vaccine reactions.
New York Institute of Technology doctor Jonathan Berman (Jonathan Berman) studied the anti-Vaxxer community, he told the “Daily Beast”, once anti-Vaxxer is obsessed with a theory, they will start to engage in “what I said” Abnormal hunting. “Basically, like most other conspiracy theorists, they did not carefully study and test hypotheses, but went out to find and begin to promote the facts and narratives that supported their ideas.
After people began to arouse people’s attention to death from vaccine reactions, people began to look for cases.
By the third week of December, anti-vaxx attackers discovered and frantically started sharing screenshots of someone’s Facebook chat claiming that their aunt (a nurse in Alabama) died within a day of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. There are no verifiable details for these positions.
Nevertheless, the Alabama Department of Public Health called every hospital in the state on December 16 and confirmed that this statement was incorrect.However, this just changed the story in a circle eager to prove their doubts and beliefs. The new narrative believes that the arguing nurse is just From Alabama actually worked in South Carolina when he died. Or that the story is actually about a nurse in Arizona, someone typo in a message. They insist that their hunting activities have produced a wealth of red meat.
Health officials in Arizona and South Carolina told the Daily Beast that they had not recorded any deaths after receiving COVID-19 vaccination.
“When there is not much to do, you will try to provide a little bit of support for your narrative,” Hotz explained, the persistence of such rumors. “You blew it up.”
In recent days, anti-vaxxers looking for evidence of their premonitions have emerged several other rumors along the same route. Most notably, on December 17, nurse Tiffany Dover at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee received a dose of the vaccine while at work, and then fell into a coma 17 minutes later – always on the camera. She explained that she sometimes fainted from pain, Vasovagal syncope Common or dangerous reactions.
Berman pointed out: “However, this is a compelling video,” the anti-vaxxers arrogantly presenting a dangerous proof can point out that she claimed to be lying and actually had some dangerous reaction.
People tend to trust their eyes and it is terrifying to see a person pass out. It will give you visceral response,” Berman said. For the selling point of anti-vaxxers, “this is a powerful tool.”
Therefore, anti-vaxxers began to follow Dover online, looking for any possible evidence that something bad happened to her. They claim that no one faints during the injection and can become a nurse. This is absurd. They claim that the fact that she did not post on social media in the days after the shooting is suspicious, even though she has been wandering about some kind of statement. In the end, they found the death certificate of a person with her name and age on the record search website, who lived in Higden, Alabama, a 28-mile drive from Chattanooga.
Dover is not dead. Last Saturday, her boss tweeted that she was fine at home but wanted to maintain privacy. On Monday, they noticed that she was working in shifts and showed videos of her and other employees. Tennessee public health officials also told the Daily Beast that they have no record of anyone dying from the COVID-19 vaccine in the state due to any vaccine-related reasons.
Stubborn anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists are seeking evidence to prove their beliefs, but “do not want this tool to be taken away,” Berman pointed out. Therefore, they did not give up Dover, they tried to persevere in claiming that they were the first to die, but said that they would not believe that she was alive until she published her time and date proof. They also said that if she said she was fine and suspected that she had paid off, they would not believe her. Many of them firmly believe that the videos from her work are either fakes for advanced studies or twins.
“Tiffany Dover’s hair has different shades and densities, on her head, her mouth is folded differently, and her ice blue eyes are not visible,” a Telegram article criticized Monday’s video. “They put the crisis actors to the forefront. [of the group of nurses in the video,] too. “
“This is further proof that Tiffany Dover’s death concealed… the death of vaccination.”
Experts are unable to trace the origin of these claims through Daily Beast, and organizations that are skeptical of vaccines say they don’t know where they came from. According to a recent report, some of these groups are clearly actively planning social media campaigns to publicize the side effects of vaccines and guide people away from vaccines. However, although they are open to these poking ideas, they have not even recorded or promoted any vaccine death statements. can Proved to be fatal.
Rita Shreffler of the Children’s Health Defense Organization led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told The Daily Beast that they “believe that the rumors about Tiffany’s death are false. We don’t know. Where does it come from. Whenever we see it, we silence it.”
Gorski believes that the pursuit and spread of the death story caused by the COVID-19 vaccine has just begun, and it is heating up with the popularity of the vaccine.
This is deeply disturbing, because thanks to the rapid and highly politicized development of Moderna and Pfizer products, even those who usually trust vaccines are now afraid. Berman believes that this kind of fear and turmoil makes millions of Americans vulnerable to conspiracy theories, otherwise they might ignore them.
Berman said this is why we need to do more to acknowledge this growing misinformation and respond to it with convincing news that reflects and reinforces reality, and “when people fall into conspiracies. People have been reached before”.
It is difficult to convince them that the vaccine is safe.