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Did WHO Order Worldwide Lockdowns Over Bird Flu?!

Did the WHO just order worldwide lockdowns after Australia reported its first human case of bird flu?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : WHO Orders Worldwide Lockdowns Over Bird Flu!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claimed that the WHO (World Health Organization) just ordered harsh worldwide lockdowns after Australia reported its first human case of bird flu!

Here is an excerpt of the long and (intentionally?) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

WHO Orders ‘Worldwide Lockdowns’ As Australia Reports First Human Bird Flu Case

The World Health Organization (WHO) has ordered government’s to prepare to initiate harsh new lockdowns after Australia reported its first human case of Bird Flu on Wednesday.

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Truth : WHO Did Not Order Worldwide Lockdowns Over Bird Flu!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : WHO Did Not Order Any Lockdowns

Let me start by pointing out that the WHO (World Health Organization) did not order any lockdown in any country, never mind worldwide!

No legitimate media outlet reported such a shocking development, and no country announced any lockdown. Not even Australia, which reported its first human case of the A(H5N1) avian influenza virus.

That’s because the WHO never ordered any lockdown.

Fact #2 : The People’s Voice Provided No Evidence

Unsurprisingly, The People’s Voice article provided zero evidence to back up its “fact checked” claim that the WHO ordered “worldwide lockdowns” over the first human case of avian influenza in Australia.

In fact, the word “lockdowns” was only mentioned twice in its article – in its title, and the lede. After that, there was no mention of any lockdown, never mind

Fact #3 : WHO Cannot Order Lockdowns

The World Health Organization has no power over any government. It only has an advisory role, and cannot order any government to initiate lockdowns.

Even the Pandemic Treaty that is being negotiated will not grant the WHO any power to order any lockdown.

The power to prevent and respond to any pandemic remains with each individual country and its government.

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Fact #4 : Australia Says There’s No Public Health Risk

The Australian Centre for Disease Control, which announced the case, said that bird flu does not easily infect humans, and that there was “no ongoing public health risk” from the case.

A child acquired the infection while overseas and became unwell on returning to Australia earlier this year. The case was confirmed by the Victorian Department of Health on 18 May 2024.

The child has now made a full recovery and no family members in Australia or overseas have reported
symptoms.

Bird flu does not easily infect humans and there is no ongoing public health risk from this case.

Fact #5 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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Is the new CKM syndrome caused by vaccine spike protein?!

Is the new CKM syndrome caused by the COVID-19 vaccine spike protein?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : CKM Syndrome Is Caused By Vaccine Spike Protein!

People are sharing an article (archive) by Natural News, which suggested that the new CKM syndrome is caused by the COVID-19 vaccine spike protein!

Here is an excerpt from the long and (intentionally?) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Medical authorities claim 90% of population suddenly has mysterious new heart syndrome that sounds like SPIKE PROTEIN organ damage

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Truth : CKM Syndrome Is Not Caused By Vaccine Spike Protein!

This is yet another example of anti-vaccine fake news created or promoted by Natural News, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : CKM Syndrome Is New Term For Existing Pathophysiology

Let me start by pointing out that CKM syndrome is a new term coined in October 2023 by the American Heart Association for an existing pathophysiology.

CKM (cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic) syndrome, which is also known as cardiometabolic renal syndrome (CMR), describes the interconnections of chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

As this letter in the Journal of Medicine, Surgery, and Public Health explains, CKM syndrome is a common pathophysiology, rather than a disease. The AHA synopsis also calls it [an existing] pathophysiology.

In other words – it’s a new term for an existing human condition that has existed probably since humans have been around, and has nothing to do with COVID-19, or the vaccines.

Fact #2 : AMA Never Said Vaccine Spike Protein Causes CKM Syndrome

As mentioned earlier, CKM syndrome describes an existing interconnection of three existing human diseases.

It is therefore not surprising that the American Heart Association did not once claim or suggest that COVID-19 vaccines cause CKM syndrome. After all, it has existed (albeit unnamed) long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented!

In fact, the AMA specifically pointed out that CKM syndrome is caused by existing risk factors:

CKM syndrome most commonly originates from excess or dysfunctional adipose tissue or both.

Dysfunctional adipose tissue, particularly visceral adipose tissue, secretes proinflammatory and prooxidative products that damage arterial, cardiac, and kidney tissues.

There is nothing in the AHA synopsis to even suggest CKM syndrome has nothing to do with COVID-19 vaccines. In fact, the words “vaccine” and “vaccination” were not mentioned even once in the entire synopsis.

Unsurprisingly, Natural News did not provide any evidence to back up its suggestion that CKM syndrome was caused by the spike proteins created by COVID-19 vaccines!

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Fact #3 : CKM Syndrome Study Was From 2011-2020

In addition, I should point out that the JAMA study which found that nearly 90% of people had at least stage one of CKM syndrome, was conducted based on data of 10,000 adults between 2011 and 2020, which was before mass vaccinations with COVID-19 vaccines occurred in 2021.

In other words – the CKM syndrome study had nothing to do with COVID-19 vaccines. So why would anyone claim or suggest a connection between CKM syndrome and COVID-19 vaccines??? Who would be so evil as to mislead people???

Fact #4 : CKM Syndrome Has Nothing To Do With Vaccines

The official AHA definition of CKM health stages also clearly show that CKM syndrome has nothing to do with vaccines of any kind:

Stage 0 : No CKM health risk factors

Individuals without overweight/obesity, metabolic risk factors (hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, MetS, diabetes), CKD, or subclinical/clinical CVD

Stage 1: Excess and/or dysfunctional adiposity

Individuals with overweight/obesity, abdominal obesity, or dysfunctional adipose tissue, without the presence of other metabolic risk factors or CKD
– BMI ≥25 kg/m2 (or ≥23 kg/m2 if Asian ancestry)
– Waist circumference ≥88/102 cm in women/men (or if Asian ancestry, ≥80/90 cm in women/men) and/or
– Fasting blood glucose ≥100–124 mg/dL or HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4%*

The following conceptual diagram for pathophysiology underlying cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic (CKM) syndrome also shows that COVID-19 vaccines have no involvement at all!

So why would anyone ever claim or suggest that spike proteins from the COVID-19 vaccines cause CKM syndrome???

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Fact #5 : COVID-19 Infections Produce Far More Spike Proteins!

I should also point out that COVID-19 vaccines do not multiply, and can only induce a limited number of cells to produce the spike protein.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, on the other hand, is peppered with spike proteins and creates new viruses with spike proteins with every cell it infects. On top of that, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread through the body, delivering spike proteins wherever it goes.

If the spike proteins are the problem, as the Natural News article suggests, then a COVID-19 infection poses a far greater threat than the COVID-19 vaccine!

Fact #6 : Natural News Is Known For Fake News

Natural News is a far-right, anti-vaccination conspiracy theory and fake news website that is known for publishing / promoting pseudoscience, disinformation, and far-right extremism.

Writing in the journal Vaccine, Anna Kata identified Natural News as one of numerous websites spreading “irresponsible health information”. According to John Banks, Natural News founder Mike Adams uses “pseudoscience to sell his lies” and is “seen as generally a quack and a shill by science bloggers.”

Dr. David Gorski called Natural News “one of the most wretched hives of scum and quackery on the Internet,” and the most “blatant purveyor of the worst kind of quackery and paranoid anti-physician and anti-medicine conspiracy theories anywhere on the Internet”.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from Natural News.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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Do mRNA Vaccines Create Dangerous, Contagious Prions?!

Do mRNA vaccines create contagious prions that cause neurodegenerative diseases?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : mRNA Vaccines Create Dangerous, Contagious Prions!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The Expose (formerly The Daily Expose), which claims or suggests that mRNA vaccines create contagious prions that cause neurodegenerative diseases!

Here is an excerpt of the long and (intentionally?) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Prions caused by mRNA injections may be contagious

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Truth : mRNA Vaccines Do Not Create Dangerous, Contagious Prions!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The Expose, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : mRNA Vaccines Do Not Create Prions

Let me start by pointing out that mRNA vaccines do not create prions or cause prion diseases, which are transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) – brain disorders caused by prion proteins.

Even though anti-vaccine activists continue to make that claim, they have provided no evidence to back that up. The two papers quoted in the The Expose article do not prove that mRNA vaccines create prions:

The Bart J. Classen paper was just a 2.5-page opinion piece, without any actual evidence, that was published in a journal that is not only listed in the Beall’s list of predatory publishers, it is not even indexed in PubMed!

The Idrees and Kumar study, on the other hand, referred only to the S1 spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but not the COVID-19 vaccines. Why? Because COVID-19 vaccines do not travel to the brain, whereas COVID-19 infections can and do enter the brain.

On top of that, the Idrees and Kumar study did not claim that the S1 spike protein created prions, or caused prion diseases. It only stated that the S1 spike protein might cause the aggregation (clumping) or “heparin-binding proteins”, which can lead to the degeneration of the brain.

So why on Earth would anyone claim that mRNA vaccines create prions, or cause prion diseases? Where is the evidence???

Fact #2 : No Evidence SARS-CoV-2 Virus Can Create Prions

The spike protein is both the “uniform” and the “weapon” of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The crown (corona) of protein spikes is what gives the virus family its distinctive appearance and name – coronavirus, and it is how the virus attaches to our cells and gains entry.

If the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein truly has multiple binding areas that can create prion proteins, then the virus itself would actually cause prion diseases!

As of 8 May 2021, there have been over 161 million cases of COVID-19 globally, with over 3.34 million deaths. There have been ZERO cases of prion diseases associated with COVID-19 infections.

If the COVID-19 coronavirus cannot even create prions, or cause prion diseases, then how can COVID-19 vaccines create prions, or cause prion diseases???

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Fact #3 : All COVID-19 Vaccines Use Spike Protein

As I pointed out in my earlier article, COVID-19 vaccines are designed to specifically target the spike protein because :

  • it is the defining feature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • antibodies targeting it will block the virus from binding with our cells

Regardless of what vaccine technology is used for COVID-19, the focus is to present the virus spike protein to the immune system, because it is exposed on the cell surface, and presents as a major antigen. Antibodies against the spike protein would also help to block the virus from attaching to our cells, and infecting them.

If the spike protein is what creates prions, or causes prion diseases, then all COVID-19 vaccines would create prions, or cause prion diseases, not just mRNA vaccines!

Yet, that is obviously not the case – no COVID-19 vaccine, whether based on mRNA or other technologies, create prions, or cause prion diseases.

Fact #4 : Viruses Multiply, Vaccines Won’t

I should also point out that if the spike protein is so dangerous, then it is even more important to get vaccinated against COVID-19. After all, viruses multiply, while the vaccines won’t!

Even if we simply look at the mRNA vaccines alone, they contain a limited number of mRNA instructions that encode for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. The mRNA instructions enter a limited number of cells, which then produce and display those spike proteins on their surfaces, to trigger our immune system.

If you are infected by the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus though, it quickly hijacks your cells to produce millions of copies – each covered with spike proteins, which then infect even more cells, in an ever-expanding chain reaction.

Until your immune system learns to stop and defeat the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it will keep producing millions and millions of viruses that will circulate through your body, delivering those nasty spike proteins everywhere.

So if you are really worried about the spike protein, you should really get vaccinated against COVID-19!

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Fact #5 : The Expose Is Known For Fake News

Like Real Raw News and The People’s Voice, The Daily Expose is a website that capitalises on making shocking but fake or misleading stories to generate page views and money. It was later rebranded as The Expose.

Founded in November 2020 by Jonathan Allen-Walker – a welder from Lincolnshire, The Expose / Daily Expose is infamous for publishing COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news or misinformation, so you should NEVER share anything from Daily Expose / The Expose. Here are some of its stories that I personally debunked earlier:

Everything posted by The Expose / Daily Expose must be considered fake news, until proven otherwise.

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Is Bill Gates planning to kill billions using bird flu vaccine?!

Is Bill Gates planning to kill billions of people using the bird flu vaccine?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Bill Gates Is Planning To Kill Billions Using Bird Flu Vaccine!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claimed that a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation insider just revealed a plan to kill billions of people using the bird flu vaccine!

Here is an excerpt of the long and (intentionally?) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Gates Insider Admits Elite Planning to Euthanise BILLIONS via Bird Flu Vaccine

A Gates Foundation insider has revealed America’s food supply will be deliberately infected with bird flu to spark the next pandemic and pave the way for Bill Gates’ next money-spinning vaccine to conquer the global market.

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Truth : Bill Gates Is Not Planning To Kill Billions Using Bird Flu Vaccine!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : There Is No Gates Insider…

Let me start by quickly pointing out that The People’s Voice never actually revealed the existence of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation insider in its extremely long and (intentionally?) rambling article.

Who is this insider? What was his position in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? Was he a scientist or a high-level executive involved in that dastardly plot, or just a deranged janitor? Who knows???

Fact #2 : There Is No Bird Flu Vaccine Plot

The People’s Voice article also never provided any evidence of an actual plot by Bill Gates, or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to contaminate America’s food supply with bird flu, or kill billions of people using the bird flu vaccine.

It’s a really silly conspiracy theory. For one thing – the United States only has a population of about 341.5 million people as of April 20, 2024. Even if everyone in the US was killed by the bird flu, it would just be hundreds of millions of people, not billions.

On top of that – vaccines prevent infections, not cure them. Hence, vaccines work best on people who have not yet been infected!

Fact #3 : Bill Gates Does Not Have H5N1 Vaccine!

The People’s Voice article appears to suggest that there are no approved H5N1 vaccines, so Bill Gates is pushing through his experimental H5N1 mRNA vaccine.

The problem with that claim? Bill Gates does not actually own or have any H5N1 mRNA vaccine. Neither is he helping to push the approval of any H5N1 mRNA vaccine.

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Fact #4 : H5N1 Vaccines Have Existed Since 2007!

In addition, many H5N1 vaccines have already been approved since 2007:

  • Sanofi Pasteur’s H5N1 vaccine was approved in the US in April 2007
  • GlaxoSmithKline’s Prepandrix vaccine was approved in the European Union in May 2008
  • CSL Limited’s Panvax vaccine was approved by Australia in June 2008
  • Adjupanrix was approved in the European Union in October 2009
  • Foclivia was approved in the European Union in October 2009
  • Aflunov was approved in the European Union in October 2010
  • Pumarix was approved in the European Union in March 2011
  • Audenz was approved in the US in January 2020

In addition, there are other H5N1 vaccines undergoing clinical trials:

  • June 2006 : NIH begins Phase 1 trial of an intranasal influenza vaccine
  • October 2010 : Inovio started a Phase 1 trial of its VGX-3400X H5N1 vaccine
  • October 2012 : Novavax’s pandemic influenza vaccine Phase 1 trial met its primary objectives.

Fact #5 : Bill Gates Screenshot Is Fake

The cover image used by The People’s Voice article and video has a screenshot which purportedly shows the Bill Gates posting on X (formerly Twitter) that:

There really is no choice – bird flu jab, or die painfully.

That is most definitely a fake screenshot, because there is no such post on X by Bill Gates.

If Bill Gates actually posted such a shocking tweet, it would have been reported by the worldwide media. But of course, that didn’t happen, because Bill Gates never posted it!

This appears to be yet another fake / edited screenshot created or posted by The People’s Voice!

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Fact #6 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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Did WEF order governments to declare Bird Flu Martial Law?!

Did the WEF just order world governments to declare martial law due to an imminent bird flu pandemic?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : WEF Orders Governments To Declare Bird Flu Martial Law!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claims that the WEF (World Economic Forum) just ordered world governments to declare martial law due to an imminent bird flu pandemic!

Here is an excerpt of that long and (intentionally???) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

WEF Orders Govt’s To Declare Martial Law Due to ‘Imminent Bird Flu Pandemic’ About To Sweep Globe

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Truth : WEF Did Not Order Governments To Declare Bird Flu Martial Law!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : WEF Did Not Order Any Bird Flu Martial Law

Let me start by pointing out that the WEF (World Economic Forum) did not order any government to declare martial law over bird flu.

If that actually happened, it would have been reported by the media worldwide, and criticised by people on social media. Yet, none of that occurred, because the WEF never made such a declaration.

Unsurprisingly, The People’s Voice article provided no evidence to back up its ridiculous claim.

Fact #2 : WEF Cannot Order Governments To Do Anything

I should also point out that the World Economic Forum (WEF) cannot order any country to implement anything, much less martial law. It is merely an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that focuses on public-private sector collaboration.

The WEF has no power over governments, beyond its lobbying and influencing efforts. The WEF may be an influential lobbying organisation, but it cannot order governments to do anything.

Fact #3 : WEF Does Not Have Scientists

Again, the WEF is an NGO that promotes public-private collaborations. It doesn’t actually have scientists conducting research on bird flu, or other diseases.

To be clear – Mandy Cohen is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and does not work for the WEF. Neither is John Fulton – a pharmaceutical industry consultant for vaccines, a scientist working for the WEF.

Unsurprisingly, The People’s Voice article provided no evidence to back up its claim that WEF scientists said that “the upcoming bird flu pandemic will kill at least 50% of those it infects“.

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Fact #4 : There Is No Need To Declare Martial Law

The term “martial law” appears to used to trigger outrage, and encourage people into sharing this piece of misinformation.

The truth is – even if there is a new pandemic, there is no need for any country to declare martial law. As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, countries have existing public health laws to initiate lockdowns or quarantines.

Martial law is only needed if there is a serious threat of violence that the police cannot handle. While bird flu viruses may be lethal, they cannot pick up guns and threaten people with violence. So what’s the point of declaring martial law?

Fact #5 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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Did RFK Jr Conspiracy Theories Turn Out To Be True?!

Did 5 conspiracy theories promoted by RFK Jr turn out to be true?! Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : RFK Jr Conspiracy Theories Turned Out To Be True!

People are sharing a post by The Vigilant Fox (archive), which claims / suggests that five conspiracy theorists promoted by Robert F. Kennedy (RFK Jr.) turned out to be true! The Vigilant Fox also posted this on X (formerly known as Twitter):

RFK Jr. Hits Back at Chris Cuomo After Being Labeled a ‘Conspiracy Theorist’

“Tell me a theory that you think I got wrong. Show me facts.”

Kennedy then listed a series of “conspiracy theories” that ended up being true:

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Which RFK Jr Conspiracy Theories Turned Out To Be True?

Let’s take a look at those five conspiracy theories promoted by RFK Jr, and find out if they indeed turned out to be true!

Claim #1 : Glyphosate Causes non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Verdict : Still Uncertain

Glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide, has been the subject of many studies and lawsuits, over claims that it can potentially cause cancer, particularly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

As the City of Hope cancer centre pointed out, it has still not be scientifically proven that glyphosate causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, even though the courts have seen fit to dole out billions of dollars in damages.

In 2019, researchers at University of Washington concluded that using glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41 percent. However, the preponderance of research worldwide has found no connection to glyphosate and cancer risk. And most of the world’s health agencies agree. For instance:

Notably, Bayer settled the majority of current and future lawsuits over Roundup – Monsanto’s glyphosate product, for $10 billion, without admitting that glyphosate causes cancer. In fact, Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides are still sold all over the world today!

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), however, stated in 2015 that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” CNN reported that hundreds of patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma started suing the manufacturers of glyphosate herbicides after IARC made its announcement.

In other words – glyphosate has not yet been proven to cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The research is currently still not definitive.

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Claim #2 : COVID-19 Vaccines Would Not Prevent Transmission
Verdict : False

Let me start by pointing out that COVID-19 vaccines were never required to prevent transmission. The main purpose of the COVID-19 vaccines was to prevent death and severe disease (and hospitalisation) from COVID-19, not to block transmission.

Hence, the end points for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials did not include blocking transmission, although scientists and healthcare professionals were hoping that the vaccines would significantly block transmission.

After vaccinations started in 2021, researchers found that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, for example, was significantly reducing the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

UK study : New data from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge suggests that a single dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine can reduce by 75% the number of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections. This implies that the vaccine could significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the virus from people who are asymptomatic, as well as protecting others from getting ill.

Israeli study : These results suggest that BNT162b2 is moderately to highly effective in reducing infectivity, via preventing infection and through reducing viral shedding.

While the vaccines’ effectiveness against infection and transmission waned with each new variant (research), they still continue to provide protection, not only against death and hospitalisation from COVID-19, but also infection and transmission.

In fact, a September 2023 systematic review of existing research show that COVID-19 vaccines reduce transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, regardless of variant:

Overall, study results showed the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 transmission (range 16–95%), regardless of vaccine type or number of doses.

The effect was apparent, but less pronounced against omicron (range 24–95% for pre-omicron variants versus 16–31% for omicron).

Results from viral load studies were supportive, showing SARS-CoV-2 infections in vaccinated individuals had higher Ct values, suggesting lower viral load, compared to infections among the unvaccinated.

In short – the RFK Jr. conspiracy theory that COVID-19 vaccines do not block transmission at all has been disproven time and time again.

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Claim #3A : COVID Lockdowns Were Very Harmful To Children
Verdict : Partially True

This isn’t a conspiracy theory, but more of an opinion by RFK Jr., as no one actually disputed even back then that COVID-19 lockdowns would be detrimental to everyone, not just children. After all, human beings evolved to be social animals, and are biologically-driven to seek out the company of others.

The lockdowns were only implemented because the authorities wanted to stop the spread of COVID-19, and determined that the benefits far outweighed the risks. While children were judged to be least affected by COVID-19, they cannot be left out of a lockdown, because they can transmit the virus to vulnerable members of their own family.

While it is indisputable that the lockdowns can have a negative impact on children, the claim that the lockdowns were “very dangerous” to children isn’t borne out in actual studies.

2021 Spanish study : Children, in general, showed high resilience and capability to adapt to new situations. Sleeping problems were reported in more than half of the children (54%) and adolescents (59%), and these were strongly associated with less time doing sports and spending more than 5 h per day using electronic devices. Parents perceived their children to gain weight (41%), be more irritable and anxious (63%) and sadder (46%).

2022 Chart Review : Many children developed educational, social, emotional, and behavioral gaps during LD, and they lost skills to deal with everyday problems due to social isolation. It is important to follow the long-term impact of the lockdowns and social isolation.

In short, while more children experience mental health issues during the lockdown, other children were able to cope with the changes.

Also important to note – the lockdowns helped to prevent vulnerable people – both adults and children, from dying from COVID-19. While mental health issues can be detrimental, it can be treated or mitigated, whereas death cannot.

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Claim #3B : COVID Lockdowns Would Damage Economy
Verdict : True

Well, thank you, Captain Obvious. No one ever said that COVID-19 lockdowns would not damage the economy. RFK Jr. might as well have said that it gets wet when it rains.

To be clear – everyone knows that lockdowns will damage the economy. That’s indisputable when businesses are forced to close, and people are required to stay at home. The lockdowns were only implemented to save lives, by blocking the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, until vaccines and treatments could be developed.

Claim #3C : COVID Lockdowns Would Not Block Transmission
Verdict : False

The claim by RFK Jr. and other people that lockdowns would not block the transmission of viral infections is false. The concept of a quarantine and the wider lockdown is centuries-old, and have proven to be effective in curbing the spread of disease.

More recently, the SARS outbreak in 2002, which killed over 800 people, was contained by blocking all human-to-human transmission through syndromic surveillance, strict isolation of patients and quarantine of their contacts, and lockdowns (community quarantine).

Even though the far more extensive COVID-19 lockdowns did not stop its global spread, they helped to reduce transmission and reduce the impact on healthcare services, until effective vaccines become available:

Even if our public health measures are not able to fully contain the spread of COVID-19 because of the virus characteristics, they will still be effective in delaying the onset of widespread community transmission, reducing peak incidence and its impact on public services, and decreasing the overall attack rate.

In addition, minimising the size of the outbreak or suppressing its peak can reduce global deaths by providing health systems with the opportunity to scale up and respond, and to slow down the global spread until effective vaccines become available.

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Claim #4A : Face Masks Won’t Block Transmission
Verdict : False

People like RFK Jr. who claim the face masks don’t work often refer to the 2023 Cochrane report which stated that, “wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference to the outcome of influenza‐like illness“.

However, they fail to point out that the same report urged caution, and pointed out that there was “a high risk of bias in the trials, variation in outcome measurement, and relatively low adherence with the interventions during the studies hampers drawing firm conclusions“.

Cochrane officially said that the report was inconclusive, and the editor-in-chief of the Cochrane Library, Karla Soares-Weiser, called reports saying that “masks don’t work” as an “inaccurate and misleading interpretation“.

It would be accurate to say that the review examined whether interventions to promote mask-wearing help to slow the spread of respiratory viruses, and that the results were inconclusive.

In addition, Michael D. Brown, who serves on the Cochrane editorial board pointed out that the review could not arrive at a firm conclusion because “there were not enough high-quality randomised trials where participants adhered to mask-wearing rules.

Other studies, like this 2020 Japanese study, show that wearing a properly-fitted face mask will greatly reduce the amount of inhaled virus droplets / aerosols, compared to not wearing a face mask at all.

  • Cotton face mask : 20% to 40% reduction
  • Surgical mask : 47% to 50% reduction
  • N95 mask : 80% to 90% reduction

They also show that infected people wearing face masks can block transmission, by reducing the amount of virus droplets / aerosols being expelled into the environment.

Our airborne simulation experiments showed that cotton masks, surgical masks, and N95 masks had a protective effect with respect to the transmission of infective droplets/aerosols and that the protective efficiency was higher when masks were worn by the virus spreader.

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Claim #4B : Face Masks Do More Harm Than Good
Verdict : False

There is no evidence that face masks do more harm than good, as RFK Jr. claimed or suggested. In fact, healthcare professionals have been wearing face masks to protect their patients and themselves since they were invented in the late nineteenth century.

Their effectiveness was greatly improved by Malaysian Chinese epidemiologist Dr. Wu Lien-teh, who developed a face mask with layers of gauze and cotton that would protect both the wearer, and other people.

The modern surgical mask as we know it was developed in the 1960s, and has been in use since then. In the 1990s, Taiwanese-American scientist Peter Tsai would invent the electrocharged fibre that would make the N95 mask possible.

To be clear – face masks do not do more harm than good, no matter how many times people like RFK Jr. repeat such claims.

Claim #5 : Social Distancing Not Based On Science
Verdict : Partially True

The claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that social distancing is not based on science isn’t actually accurate.

In his closed-door congressional testimony, Dr. Fauci said that the US federal social distancing guidance that people keep six feet of social distance “sort of just appeared”. He didn’t actually say that social distancing did not work. He only said that the six feet guidance was not backed up by an actual study.

When the US government first issued its guidance on social distancing, there were no studies on how far the COVID-19 virus can disperse from an infected person and remain infective. The six feet recommendation was based on early assessments that COVID-19 spread by droplets. Later, this was found not to be accurate, as COVID-19 could also spread by aerosols, therefore extending beyond the six feet guidance.

In short – social distancing can help reduce transmission. The further away you are from an infected person, the less likely you will inhale significant amounts of viral particles. What was not based on science back in 2020 was the six-feet recommendation. If we know what we know today – people would have to socially-distance way beyond six feet.

Now, isn’t it fortunate that we now have effective COVID-19 vaccines, and can do away with social distancing?

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Do emails show Ralph Baric created COVID-19 spike protein?!

Did emails released under FOIA show that Ralph Baric created the COVID-19 spike protein in 2018?! Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Emails Show Ralph Baric Created COVID-19 Spike Protein!

Conspiracists and anti-vaccine activists are excitedly sharing FOIA-released emails, which purportedly shows that Ralph Baric created the COVID-19 spike protein in 2018!

Kim Dotcom : American scientist Ralph Baric developed the spike protein that was inserted into Covid-19 and he worked with the Wuhan lab where the virus was created. Covid-19 was made in America and funded by the US Govt. Where’s the media? Where’s the outrage? Where’s the criminal tribunal?

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Truth : Emails Do Not Show Ralph Baric Created COVID-19 Spike Protein!

This appears to be yet another example of fake news circulating on X (formerly Twitter), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Emails Were Referring To SARS Virus

Let me start by pointing out that the March 2018 emails released under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) were only referring to the SARS virus (now known as SARS-CoV-1).

The SARS-CoV-1 was the virus that caused the 2002-2004 SARS outbreak, and is different from SARS-CoV-2, which caused the COVID-19 pandemic more than 15 years later!

They are related but different coronaviruses, just like how a Tesla Model S and a BMW Z4 are both cars, but they are different cars, with different designs, engines and performance.

Fact #2 : All Coronaviruses Have Spike Proteins

I should point out that the spike protein isn’t a special feature of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Such spike proteins are actually a feature of all coronaviruses!

In fact, the name “coronavirus” is derived from the Latin word, corona, which means “crown” or “wreath” – a reference to its “crown” of spike proteins. To be clear – all coronaviruses have spike proteins on their cell surfaces.

So scientists doing research on coronaviruses would inevitably be working with spike proteins. It doesn’t mean that they were working to create the SARS-CoV-2.

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Fact #3 : SARS Spike Protein Different From COVID-19 Spike Protein

I should also point out that the SARS spike protein is different from the COVID-19 spike protein. Not only are they physically different, they utilise different mechanisms to bind with the human ACE2 receptor.

This was extensively elucidated in a Chinese research paper by Yixin Xie et. al., that was published in the journal Frontiers in Molecular Bioscience on 9 December 2020.

The results demonstrate that SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 S proteins are both attractive to ACE2 by electrostatic forces even at different distances. However, the residues contributing to the electrostatic features are quite different due to the mutations between SARS-CoV S protein and SARS-CoV-2 S protein.

Such differences are analyzed comprehensively. Compared to SARS-CoV, the SARS-CoV-2 binds with ACE2 using a more robust strategy:

  • The electric field line related residues are distributed quite differently, which results in a more robust binding strategy of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Also, SARS-CoV-2 has a higher electric field line density than that of SARS-CoV, which indicates stronger interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and ACE2, compared to that of SARS-CoV.
  • Key residues involved in salt bridges and hydrogen bonds are identified in this study, which may help the future drug design against COVID-19.

In short – the COVID-19 coronavirus does not use the same spike protein as the SARS coronavirus that Ralph Baric was working on.

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Structural differences in salt bridge residues of spike proteins Left (A) : SARS coronavirus Right (B) : COVID-19 coronavirus

Fact #3 : There Is Nothing Nefarious In March 2018 Emails

If you go through the emails, you will notice that there is nothing nefarious. Certainly, they do not show Ralph Baric saying or suggesting that he created the COVID-19 spike protein.

To make it easier for you to understand, I rearranged the emails in the right order, and highlighted the key parts in bold. The emails involve four people – Ralph Baric, Toni Baric, Peter Daszak, and Tonie Rocke, and you can read the originals here (PDF):

Peter Daszak : Toni – this is info from Ralph Baric on the nanoparticle work he’s been involved in…

Tonie Rocke : Hi Ralph: I have a couple of questions about the SARS-CoV spike glycoproteins you are developing with respect to the DARPA grant we are collaborating on.

Do you have time for a call sometime tomorrow? I have unfortunately contracted the flu so I am working from home for a few days. I’d be happy to call you if you can provide me a time and number.

Many thanks! – Tonie

As you can see, the emails basically show Tonie Rocke asking to speak to Ralph Baric about his work on the SARS virus spike protein.

At no point did it show them discussing how to insert the SARS spike protein into the COVID-19 coronavirus, or anything along those lines.

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Fact #4 : Ralph Baric Did Not Test Spike Protein On Bats

The March 2018 emails show Tonie Rocke asking about how those proteins can be “delivered to bats”, and what had been attempted so far.

There was no indication from those emails that Ralph Baric actually successfully “delivered” those spike proteins to bats. In fact, a March 15, 2018 email show Ralph Baric stating that he has no bat colony, and no way to actually conduct the experiment.

Hi Tonie, I was definitely planning on testing whatever I could in mice, nanoparticles no problem but my understanding was that RCN doesn’t work well in mice. I have no bat colony, no way for me to do the experiment – which I definitely think needs to be done or we have no credibility. My understanding [is that] another bat colony exists in China, but not sure who is doing what.

As you can see, the emails clearly show that Ralph Baric was not testing the SARS (not COVID-19) spike protein on bats, he hadn’t even started testing it on mice!

Fact #5 : Ralph Baric Called For COVID-19 Origins Investigation

It is somewhat ironic to claim that Ralph Baric might be responsible for creating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, because he joined other scientists in signing a 2021 open letter demanding a thorough investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

While he remains sure whether SARS-CoV-2 was created by a spillover event, or a lab leak, he found fault with a joint investigation by the WHO and the Chinese government, which dismissed the chance of a lab leak as “extremely unlikely”.

Ralph Baric felt that such a conclusion was premature, given the lack of conclusive data and China’s more relaxed laboratory standards.

He pointed out to TIME in a July 2023 article that while the US restricts gain-of-function (GoF) work with dangerous pathogens to labs that are rated at a minimum of BSL-3 (like his lab), “the regulations in China are such that you can work with SARS-like bat coronaviruses in BSL-2 [Biosafety level 2] labs,” which require fewer safety features.

So Ralph Baric himself believes that a laboratory leak could still be a possibility. Would someone who purportedly created SARS-CoV-2 be so eager to call for greater scrutiny of that possibility???

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Did Amy Schumer Develop VAIDS After Third Booster?!

Did Amy Schumer just reveal that she developed VAIDS after getting her third COVID-19 booster dose?!

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Claim : Amy Schumer Developed VAIDS After Third Booster!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claims that Amy Schumer just revealed that she developed VAIDS after getting her third COVID-19 booster dose!

Here is an excerpt of the long and (intentionally?) rambling article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Amy Schumer Says She Developed VAIDS After Third Booster

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Truth : Amy Schumer Did Not Develop VAIDS After Third Booster!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Amy Schumer Did Not Say She Developed VAIDS

The People’s Voice article claimed that Amy Schumer “revealed that she developed full-blown Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (VAIDS) as a direct result of getting multiple COVID jabs“.

Amy Schumer has not made any statements claiming that she developed full-blown VAIDS after getting multiple COVID-19 vaccine injections.

As usual, The People’s Voice article provided no evidence to back up its “fact checked” claim.

Fact #2 : Amy Schumer Was Diagnosed With Cushing’s Syndrome

On Tuesday, 13 February 2024, Amy Schumer appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where people noticed that her face appeared puffier than usual.

After her puffy appearance went viral on social media, Amy posted on Instagram that she was going through “some medical and hormonal things” due to endometriosis.

I’ve enjoyed feedback and deliberation about my appearance as all women do for almost 20 years. And you’re right it is puffier than normal right now. I have endometriosis an auto immune disease that every woman should read about. There are some medical and hormonal things going on in my world right now but I’m okay.

Later, she would be diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome, which was caused by getting steroid injections in high doses.

ISo finding out I have the kind of Cushing that will just work itself out and I’m healthy was the greatest news imaginable. It has been a crazy couple weeks for me and my family.

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Fact #3 : Endometriosis Is Not AIDS

Just in case there is any confusion, endometriosis is not AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), which is caused by HIV – the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

Why would anyone claim that Amy Schumer developed AIDS when she clearly stated that she has endometriosis???

Fact #4 : Cushing’s Syndrome Isn’t AIDS Either

While high doses of steroid suppresses the immune system, it isn’t AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), which is caused by HIV – the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

To be clear – COVID-19 vaccines do not cause Cushing’s syndrome.

Fact #5 : Vaccine AIDS Does Not Exist

This is silly, but let me also point out that there is no medical disease called VAIDS – Vaccine-Induced Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It appears to be something made-up by anti-vaccination activists to scare people.

AIDS is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Nothing else causes AIDS. Certainly no vaccine, not even the COVID-19 vaccine, causes AIDS.

Robert Charles Gallo – one of the two scientists who independently discovered that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was responsible for AIDS, said in response to the 2021 claim by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that COVID-19 vaccines cause AIDS:

[I]t’s hard to believe anyone would claim that the covid-19 vaccine causes AIDS. We know what causes AIDS.

I don’t know what your president said. So I don’t want to be too critical. But it is obvious that neither the covid-19 vaccine nor any other vaccine causes AIDS.

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Fact #6 : Amy Schumer Had Endometriosis For Years

Just in case you think that Amy Schumer might have developed endometriosis from her COVID-19 vaccinations, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

For one thing – endometriosis affects roughly 10% of women in their reproductive age, since time immemorial.

But more to the point – Amy Schumer had been struggling with endometriosis for years. While she did not reveal when she was first diagnosed with endometriosis, she revealed that she had her uterus and appendix removed in September 2021, after years of suffering.

So, it’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis and my uterus is out. The doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis that he removed. He removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it.

There was a lot, a lot of blood in my uterus and I’m, you know, sore and I have some, like, gas pains.

Amy Schumer also revealed in August 2020 (before the COVID-19 vaccines were approved!) that she “couldn’t be pregnant ever again” due to how her endometriosis affected her fertility.

To be clear – Amy Schumer’s endometriosis isn’t new, or related to the COVID-19 vaccines. She has been suffering from endometriosis for many years.

Interestingly, the cover photo of The People’s Voice article were taken from Amy Schumer’s September 2021 Instagram posts. So it appears they knew she was suffering from endometriosis for many years, and it had nothing to do with multiple vaccine booster doses.

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Fact #7 : Study Did Not Mention AIDS / VAIDS!

The People’s Voice article pointed to a study which purportedly showed COVID-19 vaccines causing VAIDS in children. That’s not true.

The study did not mention AIDS, VAIDS, or even immunodeficiency. It was also conducted only in a laboratory, using blood samples from 29 children – none of whom were found to have developed any side effect or disease from their COVID-19 vaccinations!

So why would anyone claim that this study showed children developing Vaccine AIDS from the COVID-19 vaccines???

Fact #8 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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Did WHO Demand For Surveillance Powers Over Everyone?!

Did the WHO demand surveillance powers to monitor every person for “disease control”?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : WHO Demands Surveillance Powers To Monitor Everyone!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claims that the WHO is demanding surveillance powers to monitor every person for “disease control”!

Here is an excerpt from the article, which is long and (intentionally?) rambling. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

WHO Demands Surveillance Powers to Monitor Every Man, Woman & Child For ‘Disease Control’

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Truth : WHO Did Not Demand Surveillance Powers To Monitor Everyone!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : WHO Did Not Demand Surveillance Powers To Monitor Everyone

This is really silly, but let me start by pointing out that the WHO never asked or demanded for surveillance powers to “monitor every single man, woman and child on earth” for disease control or any other reason.

The People’s Voice article certainly offered no evidence to back up its “fact checked” claim.

Fact #2 : Pandemic Treaty Does Not Refer To WHO Surveillance Powers

If you download and read the zero draft (PDF) of the proposed pandemic treaty, you will see that it never mentioned anything about giving the WHO surveillance powers to monitor any person.

In fact, zero draft only referred to genomic and disease surveillance, not people:

Article 18. One Health

7. Each Party shall:

(d) enhance surveillance to identify and report on pathogens resistant to antimicrobial agents in humans, livestock and aquaculture that have pandemic potential, building on the existing global reporting systems;

The zero draft also specifically pointed out that such surveillance should be adopted by each country “in accordance with national law“:

Article 11. Strengthening and sustaining preparedness and health systems’ resilience

4. Each Party shall, in accordance with national law, adopt policies and strategies, supported by implementation plans, across the public and private sectors and relevant agencies, consistent with relevant tools, including, but not limited to, the International Health Regulations, and strengthen and reinforce public health functions for:

(c) surveillance (including using a One Health approach), outbreak investigation and control, through interoperable early warning and alert systems;

In other words, it is up to each country to conduct its own disease surveillance, according to its own laws.

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Fact #3 : WHO Pandemic Treaty Does Not Affect Sovereignty!

Anyone who reads the zero draft will see that it clearly states in Pages 10 and 11 that countries will maintain their sovereignty, and continue to have the right to “determine and manage” their own healthcare initiatives, including how to tackle future pandemics.

3. Sovereignty – States have, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, the sovereign right to determine and manage their approach to public health, notably pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery of health systems, pursuant to their own policies and legislation, provided that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to their peoples and other countries. Sovereignty also covers the rights of States over their biological resources.

Why would anyone who actually read the zero draft ever claim that countries signing up for the pandemic treaty would be handing over their sovereignty to the World Health Organization. That’s utter nonsense.

Fact #4 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Publishing Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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Did WEF Just Admit Disease X Will Be Leaked In 2025?!

Did the World Economic Forum (WEF) just admit that Disease X will be unleashed onto the public in 2025?!

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Claim : WEF Admits Disease X Will Be Leaked In 2025!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claims that the World Economic Forum (WEF) just declared that Disease X will be unleashed onto the public in the year 2025!

Here is an excerpt from the article, which is ridiculously long and confusing. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

WEF Admits Disease X Will Be Leaked in 2025

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Truth : WEF Did Not Admit Disease X Will Be Leaked In 2025!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : WEF Never Declared Disease X Would Be Unleashed In 2025

This is really silly, but let me start by pointing out that the World Economic Forum (WEF) never admitted or declared that Disease X would be unleashed onto the public in 2025.

If the WEF actually declared this publicly, it would have been international news, covered worldwide by legitimate media outlets. Yet, it has only been mentioned by conspiracy / fake news websites?

That’s because it never happened. The People’s Voice certainly offered no evidence to back up its claims.

Fact #2 : WEF Held A Panel On Disease X

On January 17, 2024, WEF held a panel discussion on Disease X, featuring WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and six other panelists.

If you watch the entire panel discussion, which was called Preparing for Disease X, you will see that no one ever claimed that Disease X would be unleashed or leaked onto the public in the year 2025.

So why are some people claiming that the WEF declared that Disease X would be released in 2025? Do they know something even the panel of health experts don’t know?

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Fact #3 : Disease X Is Just A Placeholder Name

What The People’s Voice article does not tell you is that Disease X does not actually exist. Disease X is merely a placeholder name for a hypothetical, unknown pathogen that could cause a future epidemic.

It is used by healthcare organisations and policy makers as an easy way to label an unknown disease that could potentially emerge in the future.

If a new pathogen emerges, it won’t be called Disease X. Remember when news first broke about a new coronavirus emerging in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019? It wasn’t called Disease X then.

Initially, the WHO called it the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV. Then, the disease itself was named as COVID-19, while the virus that causes it was named as SARS-CoV-2.

Fact #4 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Publishing Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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Did China Just Develop 100% Lethal COVID Virus?!

Did scientists in China just develop a new COVID virus that is 100% lethal to “humanised” mice?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : China Just Developed 100% Lethal COVID Virus!

People are sharing articles with alarming headlines that claim or suggest that scientists in China just developed a new COVID virus that is 100% lethal to “humanised” mice!

China Develops New Covid Strain With 100% Mortality In Humanised Mice

Chinese lab crafts mutant COVID-19 strain with 100% kill rate in ‘humanized’ mice

Chinese scientists ‘create’ a mutant coronavirus strain that attacks the BRAIN and has a 100% kill rate in mice

China continues experiments with ‘lethal’ COVID strain

China toys with deadly new COVID strain: When will the madness end?

As such, some people are claiming on social media that Chinese scientists were creating bioweapons or Disease X through Gain-of-Function experiments:

DiedSuddenly : New study shows that a new lab created disease out of China (Disease X) has a 100% fatality rate in humanized mice by infecting the nervous system.

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Truth : China Did Not Develop New COVID Virus!

Let’s take a look at the study, and find out why scientists in China did not actually developed a new lethal COVID strain!

Fact #1 : Chinese Study Has Not Been Peer-Reviewed

First, I should also point out that the Chinese study, which was conducted by Lai Wei et. al. has not been peer-reviewed – the first step or many in the scientific review process.

Hence, it has not been published in a journal, but in bioRxiv – a preprint server operated by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). You can read the paper in full here.

While that does not mean its findings are wrong, such preprint papers should “not be considered for clinical application, nor relied upon for news reporting as established information“, as per CSHL.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Means Coronavirus Disease 2019

I should also point out that COVID-19 is short for Coronavirus Disease 2019, and it refers to the disease, not the virus. COVID-19 is not the name of the virus, which is called SARS-CoV-2.

Even though there are many diseases caused by coronaviruses, there is only one disease named under this convention, which is COVID-19, and it is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. So it would be wrong to refer to other coronaviruses, or the diseases that they cause, as COVID.

Fact #3 : Chinese Study Was Done On GX_P2V Virus

The Chinese study did not perform any research on the COVID-19 coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Instead, it was conducted on a mutated variant of GX_P2V, which is a pangolin coronavirus.

As they had never studied this GX_P2V mutant variant, the Chinese scientists decided to clone and test its pathogenicity in hACE2 mice.

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Fact #4 : The GX_P2V Virus Mutated In Cell Culture

Right at the beginning, the study authors pointed out that they did not “create” the GX_P2V virus. Instead, it spontaneously mutated when the original GX/2017 virus was cultured in 2017.

  • A coronavirus related to SARS-CoV-2 was identified prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2017. Hence, it was called GX/2017.
  • The virus was cultured in 2017, and the isolate was called GX_P2V.
  • The GX_P2V virus isolate was found to infect both golden hamsters and hACE2 mice (transgenic mice that express the human ACE2 receptor), although it did not appear to cause disease.
  • It was later discovered that the virus mutated while it was cultured into a mutant that had 104 nucleotides deleted at the 3′-UTR site. This mutated variant was named as GX_P2V(short_3UTR).

From what was written in the paper, the Chinese scientists were not conducting Gain-of-Function (GoF) experiments. The GX_P2V coronavirus mutated on its own while being cultured.

The scientists even pointed out in their paper that coronaviruses have a “propensity” to “undergo rapid adaptive mutation in cell culture”. They were merely testing this mutant that was discovered earlier, but they did not test before.

Fact #5 : Type Of hACE2 Mice Used May Affect Results

hACE2 mice are transgenic mice that were developed to express the human ACE2 (Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) receptor. Multiple hACE2 mice models have been created (example), expressing the human ACE2 in different tissues.

The Lai Wei et. al. study used the hACE2 mouse model from Beijing SpePharm Biotechnology Company, which was created using the random integration technology.

As the authors noted, the company has not published any papers on its mouse model, but their results suggest that the human ACE2 may be “highly expressed” in the brain of this particular hACE2 mouse model. If so, that could explain why the infection caused death through brain infection.

The authors also noted that these hACE2 mice had “abnormal physiology”, with “relatively reduced serum triglyceride, cholesterol, and lipase levels”.

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Fact #6 : An Earlier Study Contradicted Their Findings

The study authors pointed out that their report was the “first” to show that a pangolin coronavirus can cause 100% mortality in hACE2 mice. They also pointed out that their results were “inconsistent” with that of the earlier Zhengli Shi et. al. study.

The Zhengli Shi et. al. study (source), which tested the GX_P2V(short_3UTR) mutant variant, found that it caused lung infections without severe disease in two different hACE2 mouse models.

Our findings are evidently inconsistent with those of Zhengli Shi et al. (5), who tested the virulence of GX_P2V in two different hACE2 mouse models.

The authors cautioned that there may be differences between their GX_P2V(short_3UTR) mutant variants as they may have mutated further during their respective laboratory cultures.

Again, this does not mean that both teams were conducting Gain-of-Function (GoF) modification of the pangolin coronaviruses. They were testing a variant of the GX_P2V pangolin coronavirus that spontaneously mutated through cell culture adaptation.

But these contradictory findings of the GX_P2V(short_3UTR) mutant means there is more work to be done. For certain, the Lai Wei et. al. study would need to be peer-reviewed, and verified through replication.

In short – more research is needed, and no, Chinese scientists did not just create a bioweapon…

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Guangzhou Patients Must Be COVID Negative For Admission?!

Guangzhou appears to have reinstated the Health Code, requiring patients and their caregivers to test negative for COVID-19 before being admitted to a hospital!

 

Guangzhou Patients Must Be COVID Negative For Admission?!

The city of Guangzhou has apparently reinstated the Chinese COVID-19 Health Code requirements from 2 December 2023 onwards.

In a video translated and posted by Jennifer Zeng (archive), the Deputy Director and Spokesperson for the Guangzhou Health Commission Zhang Yi appears to announce an immediate requirement for patients and their caregivers to present a Green Health Code, in order to enter all types of medical institutions.

Effective immediately, patients visiting all levels and types of medical institutions in Guangzhou City and its districts must present a green health code for entry. Dec 2, Guangzhou, Guangdong.

Zhang Yi : From now on, all levels & types of medical institutions in Guangzhou City & its districts for outpatient and emergency department visits will require a green health code for entry.

Bizarrely, patients and their caregivers are expected to undertake PCR nuclei tests for COVID-19, and show a negative test result within the past 24 hours to gain admission!

Zhang Yi : Newly admitted inpatients and their accompanying personnel must present a negative nucleic acid test result from within the past 24 hours for admission.

Less controversially, she called on fever clinics to operate at their maximum capacity, and conduct nucleic acid (PCR) tests on patients.

Zhang Yi : Fever clinics should operate to their fullest capacity. The role of the previously established 114 standardised fever clinics should be fully utilised.

Strengthen the staffing of medical personnel in fever clinics, optimise the waiting area settings and consultation process.

Conduct nucleic acid testing for visiting patients, and implement graded & categorised diagnosis and treatment.

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Not Only Guangzhou Patients Must Be COVID Negative For Admission?

China has been experiencing a surge of respiratory illnesses that have alarmed many people, especially when it appeared to cause pneumonia in many children.

The WHO called on China to provide more information, after health monitoring groups like the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) reported clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia in children in north China.

China responded within 24 hours, stating that it has not detected any new or usual pathogens causing this surge of respiratory illness, with clusters of pneumonia being blamed on a bacteria – Mycoplasma pneumoniae which has been circulating since May, as well as influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and adenovirus that have been circulating since October.

While the negative COVID-19 test looks really bizarre, it  is possible that the Chinese government has instituted this requirement to prevent these patients, who are already suffering from pneumonia, from being infected with COVID-19 as well.

Even so, Jennifer Zeng reported (archive) that the Chinese Health Code requirement is not just being reactivated in Guangzhou, but for the entire Guangdong province, as well as the Beijing, Sichuan, Fujian, Shaanxi, and Zhejiang provinces!

The health code is a mobile app used by the CCP during the three-year COVID pandemic to control people’s movements. If your health code turns red or yellow, you can’t go anywhere.

But it’s not just Guangzhou. From what we know so far, Beijing, Sichuan, Fujian, Guangdong, Shaanxi, and Zhejiang Province are also implementing it.

So it is possible that the Chinese government at least suspects that some of these cases of respiratory illnesses may be due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

To be clear – this reimplementation of the Chinese Health Code appears to be limited to patients attempting to seek medical assistance in clinics and hospitals. It does not appear that the Health Code is being reimplemented to restrict other types of movement in China.

However, reports of a surge in respiratory illnesses, and this (partial) reimplementation of the Health Code requirement will likely put a damper on the revival of the Chinese tourism industry. The Chinese government recently implemented visa-free travel for 6 new countries in an effort to boost tourism.

 

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Is Celine Dion Now Forced To Use A Wheelchair?!

Was Celine Dion forced to attend her son’s wedding in a wheelchair after suffering from Stiff Person Syndrome?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2023-10-13 : Updated for new wave
Updated @ 2023-06-30 : Added video and other updates

Originally posted @ 2023-04-13

 

Claim : Celine Dion Attended Her Son’s Wedding In Wheelchair!

People are sharing TikTok and YouTube videos which claim to show Celine Dion attending her son’s wedding in a wheelchair, after being diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome.

It’s just so heart breaking to watch !!

Singer Celine Dion attending her son’s wedding, she was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition known as stiff-person syndrome.

A reminder that health is the most important aspect of life…..

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Truth : Celine Dion Did Not Attend Her Son’s Wedding In A Wheelchair!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created to go viral on TikTok and other social media platforms, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Celine Dion Revealed Her Diagnosis In December 2022

First, let’s start with a quick recap on Celine Dion’s recent health problems.

Celine Dion (born Céline Marie Claudette Dion on 30 March, 1968) announced in an emotional video on 8 December 2022, that she had been struggling with health issues for a long time.

She did not mention how long ago she started experiencing muscle spasms, but they became so “severe and persistent” that on 19 October 2021, she delayed her Las Vegas residency. Then on 15 January 2022, she was forced to cancel the US and Canadian concerts from 9 March to 22 April 2022.

It was only recently that the muscle spasms Celine Dion was suffering from was diagnosed as Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) – a rare neurological disorder with features of an autoimmune disease.

I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time. And it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.

Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome which affects something like one-in-a-million people.

While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms I’ve been having.

Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.

Fact #2 : That Was Kathy Poirier, Not Celine Dion

The lady in the wheelchair was not Celine Dion, but a 55 year-old mother called Kathy Poirier from Florida.

Kathy Poirier suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a progressive nervous system disease that causes a loss of muscle control.

When her 28 year-old son, Zak Poirier, married Anja d’Adesky, 27, on 9 April 2022, she had already lost the ability to walk, and arrived in a wheelchair.

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Kathy Poirier and her sons

Fact #3 : Kathy Poirier Danced With Her Son

The viral TikTok video was edited to show Celine Dion (really Kathy Poirier) being lifted to hug her son who tears up, before she is placed back on her wheelchair.

In the real video, Kathy actually danced with her son on his wedding day! In his now-deleted Instagram post, Zak explained:

My Mom was diagnosed with ALS shortly before I graduated law school. Since that time, I’ve watched her bravely fight her diagnosis and challenge the odds against her.

Despite not being able to stand on her own, my Mom and I shared a dance at my wedding. She inspires me every day to be humble, kind and selfless. Love you Mom.

On that day, Zak and his two brothers escorted her to the dance floor for the mother-son dance. The three brothers then lifted her off the wheelchair.

With his brothers holding her upright, Kathy Poirier was able to dance with Zak that day. Her sons then lowered her back onto her wheelchair while their guests gave them a standing ovation.

Their wedding planner, Root to Stems also posted a video on Instagram, which went viral last year.

Fact #5 : Celine Dion Can Still Stand + Walk

Just to be clear, Celine Dion is not suffering from ALS, but from SPS – Stiff Person Syndrome.

As of April 2023, Celine Dion is able to stand and walk on her own, as well as sing and act. This is obvious from the posts (example) she made to promote her movie with Priyanka Chopra and Sam Heughan – Love Again.

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Fact #6 : This Is Just Another Fake TikTok Video

This is just another example of fake videos created by TikTok content creators to go viral, and here are other examples you may have seen:

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Fact Check : Singapore Advice On Omicron XBB?!

Take a look at the viral advice on the new Omicron XBB variant from Singapore, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Omicron XBB Variant Advice From Singapore!

This message, purportedly advice on the new Omicron XBB variant from Singapore, has gone viral again on WhatsApp, and on social media.

It’s rather long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Singapore news!
Everyone is advised to wear a mask because the new COVID-Omicron XBB variant coronavirus is different, deadly and not easily detected properly:-

Symptoms of the novel COVID-Omicron XBB virus are as follows:-

 

Truth : Omicron XBB Variant Advice From Singapore Is Fake News!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : XBB Is An Omicron Subvariant

First, let me just clarify a common misconception. XBB is technically not a COVID-19 variant. It is a subvariant of the Omicron variant.

As per WHO definition, XBB is a recombinant subvariant of BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 sublineages. In other words – XBB is a mix of the BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 subvariants.

Fact #2 : XBB Is Detected Like Any Other COVID-19 Variant

The viral message falsely claims that XBB is not easily detected.

XBB is nothing more than a subvariant of Omicron. It is just as easily detected by the same PCR or RTK tests, as the original Omicron variant.

Fact #3 : XBB Symptoms Similar To Other Omicron Variants

The viral message falsely claims that XBB infections do not present with cough or fever.

XBB is just one of the many Omicron subvariants that include BA.5, BA.2.75, BJ.1, and BA.4.6. While they have changes to their spike protein, they have similar symptoms to the Omicron variant.

They are just different versions of the Omicron variant, and present with common symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat, cold, body aches.

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Fact #4 : XBB Is Not 5X More Toxic Than Delta Variant

The term “toxic” is nonsensical when it comes to viruses, and tells us that the writer does not understand basic science, never mind virology.

He/she probably meant “virulent” or “virulence”, which refers to the virus’ ability to cause damage to its host. In any case, that is a false claim.

On 27 October 2022, the WHO Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) reported that there is no “substantial differences in disease severity for XBB infections”.

In other words – XBB infections produce similarly mild disease to Omicron. That is not surprising, because XBB is after all an Omicron subvariant.

The Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which caused havoc in mid 2021, causes more severe disease than any other COVID-19 variants, particularly in people who were not vaccinated.

An April 2022 study published in Nature showed that Omicron variant infections had 2X to 5X fewer fatalities than Delta variant infections.

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Fact #5 : XBB Does Not Skip The Nasopharynx

This COVID-19 variant skips the nasopharynx and attacks the lungs directly is an old hoax that keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.

You may recall when Delta variant was the hot topic, people claimed that this is the variant that skips the nasopharynx and infects the lungs directly.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.

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Fact #6 : Nasal / Nasopharyngeal Swab Test Will Still Pick Up XBB

The false claim that nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests will turn up negative also keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.

People too earlier claimed that the nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests would turn up negative for the Delta variant. It was nonsense then, it’s nonsense today.

Nasal or better still, nasopharyngeal swab, to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the XBB subvariant.

Fact #7 : XBB Wave Is Not Deadlier Than First COVID-19 Wave

While the XBB wave is driving up cases in Singapore, the Ministry of Health there confirmed that the number of severe cases from XBB remained low:

This is very likely due to the resilience built up through vaccination and previous waves of infection. We are monitoring the trajectory closely.

More importantly, there is also no evidence of XBB causing more severe illness. So far, the large majority of patients continue to report mild symptoms such as sore throat or slight fever, especially if they have been vaccinated.

On October 11, for example, Singapore recorded over 11,000 new cases, but only 11 of them needed to be treated in the ICU, and only 50 needed oxygen supplementation.

That was much lower than the 171 ICU cases and 308 cases requiring oxygen supplementation at the peak of the Delta wave, and 54 ICU cases and 232 cases requiring oxygen supplementation at the peak of the Omicron wave.

 

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Is There An Ebola Outbreak At Burning Man 2023?!

Are people being quarantined at the Burning Man 2023 festival because of an Ebola outbreak?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : There Is An Ebola Outbreak At Burning Man 2023!

Messages claiming that there is an Ebola outbreak at the Burning Man 2023 festival have gone viral on social media.

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We are getting reports that there has been a confirmed Ebola Outbreak on the ground at The Burning Man Festival in Nevada.

Attendees have been told to shelter in place allegedly due to all of the flooding, and one attendee has been pronounced dead without a cause of death given.

TrueAnon : How I found out about it. Staying put for now, but reallllllly freaked out

“Yo just figured you should hear from me first. Darrel is crazy sick with something that has him coughing up really coagulated blood. Medic showed up wearing a full suit. No idea where he is now. I would stay inside your camper.”

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Truth : There Is No Ebola Outbreak At Burning Man 2023!

This appears to be another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Burning Man Closed To Traffic

First, let me just give you a quick summary of what’s going on at the Burning Man 2023 festival.

The 2023 Burning Man festival started on Sunday, August 27, 2023. However, it was suddenly hit by heavy rainfall on Friday, September 1. Several months of rainfall inundated the area that day.

The heavy rainfall flooded the playa and turned the ground into ankle-deep mud. It quickly became impossible to drive any vehicles on the muck. Even worse – it continued to rain and drizzle over the next few days.

As a result, the organisers closed all roads leading into and out of the Burning Man area, and told attendees to conserve food, water and fuel.

The gate and airport in and out of Black Rock City remain closed. Ingress and egress are halted until further notice.

No driving is permitted except emergency vehicles. If you are in [Black Rock City], conserve food and water, and shelter in a warm space.

More updates to come. Stay safe!

Fact #2 : There Was No Quarantine At Burning Man

Even though the roads in and out of Burning Man were closed, and people were told to shelter in place, there never was a quarantine. That’s because there is no outbreak of any disease, Ebola or otherwise.

People who wanted to leave the Burning Man festival could still do so. They just had to hike their way through the thick mud.

While some 72,000 people remained on site, quite a number of people hiked their way out. DJ Diplo and Chris Rock, for example, managed to hitchhike a ride on the back of a pickup truck after hiking out.

Just walked five miles in the mud out of Burning Man with Chris Rock and a fan picked us up.

If there really was an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man, there would have been a strict quarantine, and no one would have been allowed to simply walk out of the area.

People at the Black Rock Desert site also would not be allowed to socialise. Yet, people there continue to gather and socialise.

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Fact #3 : Burning Man Organisers Dismissed Ebola Claims

On Sunday, 3 September 2023, the Burning Man organisers issued a press release dismissing the rumours of an Ebola outbreak:

The online rumors of transmissible illnesses in Black Rock City are unfounded and untrue.

Fact #4 : Bureau of Land Management Dismissed Ebola Claims

The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the Black Rock Desert site, also issued a statement, dismissing the rumours of an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man 2023.

[We] can confirm the event entrance was closed for the year because unusual rainfall caused muddy conditions where there was a full stop on vehicles, and not for an Ebola outbreak. We have heard no information of any participants with Ebola.

Fact #5 : Burning Man Death Still Under Investigation

The claims of an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man 2023 was also partly fuelled by reports that a man died there.

On Friday, 1 September 2023, a man died at the Burning Man festival, which was confirmed by the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office the next day.

On Sunday, 3 September, Burning Man confirmed confirmed the death in a press release, stating that the cause was “unrelated to the weather”.

Our emergency services department reached a call for service extremely quickly for a male, approximately 40 years old, and could not resuscitate the patient.

The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the death, and has not announced the man’s cause of death. However, that does not mean that it was Ebola. Obviously, if it was Ebola, the area would have been placed under strict quarantine!

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Fact #6 : Burning Man Attendees May Get To Leave By Today

Burning Man attendees who were caught knee-deep in the mud may get to leave by today – Monday, 4 September 2023.

The organisers earlier said that “the roads in Black Rock City remain too wet and muddy to officially open them for Exodus on Sunday 9/3.

They now say that they “expect to start Exodus on Monday morning 9/4 as long as the conditions improve“.

Obviously, this is only possible because there is no Ebola outbreak, and the ground is drying up enough to support the movement of vehicles!

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Did Study Show COVID Vaccines Cause VAIDS In Children?!

Did an official study show that COVID-19 vaccines cause VAIDS in children?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Study Show COVID-19 Vaccines Cause VAIDS In Children!

People are sharing an article by The Expose (formerly Daily Expose), which claims that an official study just showed that COVID-19 vaccines cause VAIDS (Vaccine-Induced Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) in children!

Here is an excerpt from the really long article, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

A new study shows covid injections cause VAIDS in children

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Truth : Study Did Not Show COVID-19 Vaccines Cause VAIDS In Children!

This is just another example of fake news from the notorious fake news website, The Expose, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Expose Is A Notorious Fake News Website

Like Real Raw News and NewsPunch, Daily Expose is a website that capitalises on making shocking but fake or misleading stories to generate page views and money. It was later rebranded as The Expose.

Founded in November 2020 by Jonathan Allen-Walker – a mechanic from Lincolnshire, The Expose / Daily Expose is infamous for publishing COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news or misinformation, so you should NEVER share anything from Daily Expose / The Expose. Here are some of its stories that I personally debunked earlier:

Everything posted by The Expose / Daily Expose must be considered fake news, until proven otherwise.

Fact #2 : Study Did Not Mention AIDS / VAIDS

You can read the study, which was conducted by Australian scientists, here – BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccination in children alters cytokine responses to heterologous pathogens and Toll-like receptor agonists.

Anyone who reads through this study will note that it does not mention AIDS, VAIDS, or even immunodeficiency.

So the claim that this study showed that COVID-19 vaccines cause VAIDS is utter nonsense. The study has nothing to do with AIDS, VAIDS, or immunodeficiencies of any kind.

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Fact #3 : It Was A Laboratory Study On Blood Samples

I should also point out that this study was conducted in the laboratory, using blood samples from 29 children.

To be clear – no children were found to have developed any side effect or disease from their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Again, the claim that this study showed that COVID-19 vaccines cause VAIDS is utter nonsense.

In addition, because this is an in vitro (laboratory) study, it does not necessarily mean it accurately reflects what happens in our bodies. This research will need need to be verified and replicated in animal and human studies.

The study authors also pointed this out in their paper, noting that:

There are currently no data on the clinical effects of COVID-19 vaccination-related heterologous effects in children.

Fact #4 : Study Showed Changes In Cytokine Response

The study does not show any actual changes in the children’s immunity against viral or bacterial infections, because it was only evaluating the cytokine response in their blood samples.

A whole blood stimulation assay was used to investigate in vitro cytokine responses to heterologous stimulants (killed pathogens, Toll-like receptor ligands) and SARS-CoV-2 antigens.

The study showed that there was a decrease in cytokine response to bacterial and viral stimulants one month after vaccination. But that changed six months post-vaccination – there was increased cytokine response to bacterial stimulants.

In addition, it should be noted that while the study showed “evidence of temporal associations between BNT162b2 vaccination and altered heterologous effects”, there was “no consistent correlation between BNT162b2 vaccination-induced anti-RBD IgG antibody titre at V2 + 28 and cytokine responses”.

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Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause AIDS

To be clear – there is no medical disease called VAIDS – Vaccine-Induced Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It appears to be something made-up by anti-vaccination activists to scare people.

AIDS is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Nothing else causes AIDS. Certainly no vaccine, not even the COVID-19 vaccine, causes AIDS.

Robert Charles Gallo – one of the two scientists who independently discovered that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was responsible for AIDS, said in response to the 2021 claim by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that COVID-19 vaccines cause AIDS:

[I]t’s hard to believe anyone would claim that the covid-19 vaccine causes AIDS. We know what causes AIDS.

Perhaps your president wanted to say that, immediately after vaccination, HIV can become a little more active, which is true of any foreign antigen. Or that vaccines might activate immune cells, but that doesn’t have any meaning, and it doesn’t last long.

I don’t know what your president said. So I don’t want to be too critical. But it is obvious that neither the covid-19 vaccine nor any other vaccine causes AIDS.

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Fact #6 : HIV Is Different From SARS-CoV-2

Just to be clear, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a completely different virus from SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

HIV viruses are single-stranded retroviruses from the Lentivirus genus, and are transmitted through sexual contact, or transfer of blood and bodily fluids.

SARS-CoV-2 is a single-stranded coronavirus from the Betacoronavirus genus, and is airborne, mainly transmitted through respiratory droplets and aerosols.

There is no conceivable way for COVID-19 vaccines, or even COVID-19 infections, to cause AIDS…. or to create a new form of AIDS. That’s nonsense.

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Pertussis Outbreak : Should You Avoid Rompin + Pekan?!

Should you avoid the districts of Rompin and Pekan, because of the pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak there?!

Take a look at the viral messages, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Avoid The Pertussis Outbreak In Rompin + Pekan

People are sharing a screenshot of an official document issued by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) declaring a pertussis outbreak in the town of Kuala Rompin, together with alarming warnings like these:

Please do not go or encounter Pekan and Rompin. There’s an epidemic disease worse than Covid. Everyone is required to wear masks.

Minta semua orang jangan pergi atau jumpa orang Pekan dan Rompin. Ada wabak yg lebih sirius daripada Covid, terus sesak nafas. Minta semua pakai MASK.

请通知身边的人尽量不要过去PEKAN 和ROMPIN区。比新冠病毒更严重的病毒在散播中,患者会短时间内呼吸困难窒息至死。请出访时务必戴上口罩。

Ask everyone not to go or meet people from Pekan and Rompin. There is an epidemic more serious than Covid, [you’ll] immediately suffocate. Ask everyone to wear a MASK.

Here are the text of the viral KKM document, and its English translation:

Sir,

DECLARATION OF PERTUSSIS OUTBREAK IN ROMPIN

With all due respect, I refer to the matter above.

2. For your information, the Rompin District Health Department has declared an outbreak of pertussis localised in Kampung Bahagia, Kuala Rompin on 13.8.2023. In order to control the spread of the disease, we request your cooperation to examine your cases more carefully to see if there are patients from the same locality with the symptoms of pertussis. The correct use of PPE should be practiced to prevent the spread [of pertussis] among healthcare workers.

3. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and hope that the spread of pertussis can be well controlled. Thank you.

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No Need To Avoid Pertussis Outbreak In Rompin + Pekan

Here is what you need to know about pertussis, and why there is no need to avoid people from Rompin or Pekan, or avoid going to those districts.

Fact #1 : KKM Document Is Genuine

First, let me just point out that the Pahang Department of Health confirmed on 19 August 2023, that the viral KKM document is genuine.

According to the Pahang Department of Health, there was a small outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in Kampung Bahagia, in Kuala Rompin, Pahang.

Fact #2 : Only Three Cases Were Reported In Kuala Rompin

Pahang Health Director Dato’ Indera Dr. Nor Azimi binti Yunus said that the pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak involved a mother and her two children, who are being treated, and are in a stable condition.

All the patients have been given treatment and are in stable condition. The Rompin PKD has increased prevention and control activities in the area where the patients are residing.

Health education activities have been undertaken through ceramah, distribution of pamphlets and dissemination of information via social media.

There was no report of any pertussis cases in Pekan.

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Fact #3 : Pertussis Is Not More Dangerous Than COVID-19

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a respiratory disease like COVID-19. However, it is not caused by a virus, but the bacterium, Bordetella pertussis.

Pertussis spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of the infected person, but it is rare these days because the vast majority of people in Malaysia have already been immunised in their childhood.

While pertussis vaccines do not confer lifelong immunity, they are given at childhood, when the disease is most likely to strike and kill. In addition, pertussis can be treated using antibiotics, which is not possible for COVID-19.

Therefore, the claim that pertussis (whooping cough) is more dangerous than COVID-19 is not true.

Fact #4 : Pekan Is An Hour Away From Rompin

It is unknown why people would create fake messages about the risk of pertussis in Pekan. After all, no cases of pertussis were reported in Pekan!

The pertussis outbreak in Kuala Rompin isn’t going to “jump” to Pekan either. Pekan is located over 80 km away from Kuala Rompin! That’s more than an hour’s drive by car!

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Fact #5 : Viral Messages Were Labelled As Fake News

On 21 August 2023, Pahang Health Director Dato’ Indera Dr. Nor Azimi binti Yunus, spoke out again about the viral messages, calling them misleading. Here is an English summary of what she said:

The pertussis case that occurred in Kampung Bahagia, Rompin is under control, so the warnings “not to come to Rompin, not to come to Pekan and Pahang” are inappropriate.

It is not extraordinary for there to be pertussis cases. And an outbreak is declared whenever there are more than two cases of the same disease in a locality. We not only face a pertussis outbreak, but also dengue outbreaks, leprosy outbreaks and so on.

The letter was issued to alert healthcare providers to quickly control the outbreak by actively looking for cases, instead of waiting for people to come to the hospital.

In Kampung Bahagia, we found 370 people (50% of the population) to conduct contact tracing. To date, there has been no new cases, and we have given prophylactic antibiotics to 37 people who were identified as the patients’ close contacts.

We also examined and conducted tracing on 52 residents of Kampung Sepakat that is located next to Kampung Bahagia, and found no new cases.

The chain of an outbreak is considered broken completely, if no new cases were reported within two weeks of the last case to be detected.

She called on the public not to spread unverified information about this pertussis outbreak.

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Is Pfizer Vaccine Responsible For Leprosy Cases?!

Is the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 responsible for the surge of leprosy cases in Florida and elsewhere?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer Vaccine Is Responsible For Leprosy Cases!

People are sharing an article on two leprosy cases after COVID-19 vaccination, claiming or suggesting that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 is responsible for the surge of leprosy cases in Florida and elsewhere!

Steve Kirsch : OK, so here’s the deal: 98% of the patients who developed Leprosy had the COVID vax before they got the leprosy. Just a “coincidence.” Safe and effective!!! 😉

Emerald Robinson : The COVID vaccines have brought back leprosy! Thank you @DARPA. Thank you @NIH & FDA. Great job, everybody.

Dr. Colleen Huber : Another adverse event from the COVID vaccine. Injury to T-cells and Type I interferon has left the COVID-vaccinated vulnerable to leprosy.

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No Evidence Pfizer Vaccine Is Responsible For Leprosy Cases!

In this article, I will go through these claims, and show you what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Retrospective Cohort Study Is An Uncorrected Proof

First, let’s start by referring you to the actual study – COVID-19 vaccination and leprosy – A UK hospital-based retrospective cohort study, so you can read it for yourself.

The study, which was published in PLOS on 4 August 2023, is currently in the uncorrected proof stage. This was highlighted in red at the top of the article. That does not mean it is wrong. It just means that the authors may still make corrections or changes to the article.

Fact #2 : Everyone In Study Had Leprosy

Now, it is important to point out that everyone in this study had leprosy.

In fact, only five out of the 52 patients were “newly diagnosed with leprosy”. The remaining 47 patients were diagnosed with leprosy earlier.

In other words – the study does NOT show that COVID-19 vaccination causes leprosy, or reduces a person’s immunity and makes it easier to get leprosy.

Fact #3 : Leprosy Is A Bacterial Infection

Now, I should point out that leprosy (which is also called Hansen’s disease) is a bacterial infection caused by either Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis.

Leprosy is not a viral infection, and is not remotely related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (which is a coronavirus), or the COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #4 : Leprosy Is Slow Growing

In addition, leprosy develops slowly – the average incubation period is five years. Most people don’t notice any symptoms until a year later, with some only noticing symptoms 20 years after getting infected.

Generally, people have been infected for many months or years by the time they are diagnosed with leprosy.

In other words – people in that study would very likely have been infected with leprosy months or years before they received their COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Fact #5 : Almost Half Were On Immunosuppressants

The study also pointed out that twenty-two of those leprosy patients (41.5%) were on a systemic immunosuppressant drug during 2021.

This is important to know, because leprosy patients are prescribed immunosuppressants like steroids to treat leprosy reactions and neuritis. In fact, this was noted in the second sentence of the article:

Leprosy reactions require systemic immunosuppression which is a risk factor for severe COVID-19.

This suggests that potentially those twenty-two patients had earlier been diagnosed with leprosy reaction and/or neuritis from their existing leprosy infections.

This shows just how common it is for leprosy patients to develop leprosy reactions, even without getting COVID-19 vaccinations.

Fact #6 : There Was No Statistical Analysis

As there was no control group, the authors could not conduct any statistical analysis to determine a causal relationship between COVID-19 vaccination and leprosy reactions.

This was pointed out by the reviewers and acknowledged by the study authors in their response (Word document):

We apologize for not including a detailed statistical analysis plan in the manuscript. We performed a simple analysis of the data due to the retrospective nature of the study and the absence of a control group.

We agree that a comprehensive statistical evaluation would be essential to establish a causal relationship between SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and leprosy reactions definitively.

In other words – the study did not show any causal relationship between COVID-19 vaccination and developing new leprosy reactions.

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Fact #7 : Only Two Had New Leprosy Reaction Post-Vaccination

The study wanted to look at whether the COVID-19 vaccination could trigger a T cell response, which would provoke an immunological response to a latent (hidden) leprosy infection.

Out of the 52 people in the study, the COVID-19 vaccination status was only known for 50. Out of those 50 people, 49 were vaccinated, while 1 was not.

Out of the 49 people who were vaccinated against COVID-19, only two individuals developed new leprosy reactions.

Even if we believe that COVID-19 vaccination can trigger leprosy reactions, and take this result at face value, the risk of existing leprosy patients developing new leprosy reactions after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is only 1 in 25 people (4%).

Fact #8 : Thousands Of Leprosy Cases Are Reported Every Year

While some people have suggested that leprosy is extinct, or extremely rare, the truth is – more than 200,000 new cases are reported every year, in over 120 countries!

Even in the United States, about 150-200 new cases are reported every year, with many cases reported in Florida.

If COVID-19 vaccination makes you more susceptible to leprosy, there would have been a global surge in leprosy cases. There has been no such surge in leprosy cases.

In fact, the 2023 surge in cases in Central Florida appear to be localised in Brevard County, suggesting that leprosy is now endemic in that area, and has nothing to do with COVID-19 vaccines.

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Is Guillain-Barré syndrome emergency in Peru due to vaccine?!

Did Peru announce a health emergency after the COVID-19 vaccine caused an explosion of Guillain-Barré syndrome cases?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Guillain-Barré syndrome emergency in Peru is due to vaccine!

Many people are sharing articles, or posting messages on social media, claiming that Peru just announced a health emergency after the COVID-19 vaccine caused an explosion of Guillain-Barré syndrome cases!

Here is an excerpt from an article posted by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch)

Peru Announces Health Emergency After Explosion of ‘Vaccine Side-Effect’ Guillain-Barre Syndrome

The Peruvian government has declared a 90-day national state of emergency due to an explosion of cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, according to local reports.

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Truth : Guillain-Barré syndrome emergency in Peru is NOT due to vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and spread by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Guillain-Barré Syndrome Is An Autoimmune Disorder

First, let me just start with a quick primer on Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), which is a rare, autoimmune disorder that damages the patient’s peripheral nervous system.

Basically, the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the peripheral nerves and damages their myelin insulation, after being triggered by an infection, or less commonly, by surgery, and rarely, by vaccination.

GBS patients experience numbness, tingling sensation, and pain, as well as progressive muscle weakness. Some people will develop weakness of their breathing muscles, leading to life-threatening breathing difficulties.

Fact #2 : Peru Declared Health Emergency On July 8

On 26 June 2023, the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention, and Disease Control (CDC) of Peru issued an epidemiological alert (PDF download) announcing an increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) cases across the country.

For the first 27 epidemiological weeks in 2023, 191 cases of GBS were reported, with 77 cases confirmed. Four deaths were reported – 1 in January, 1 in March, and two in May. Here was the breakdown:

  • 58.6% (112 cases) were males between 2 and 86 years, with an average age of 41
  • 40.3% (77 cases) were adults between 30 and 59 years
  • 26.7% (51 cases) were senior citizens 60 years and older
  • 19.9% (38 cases) were children under 17 years of age

On 8 July 2023, Peru issued a national Health Emergency decree, which authorises:

  • The implementation of an action plan that includes financing for the provision of strategic resources in health, including the acquisition of human immunoglobulin as part of the treatment of patients with Guillain Barré syndrome.
  • Intensification of surveillance, prevention, and response actions to possible cases.
  • Communication of risk to health professionals and issuance of key messages to the population to adopt preventive measures.
  • Advice, information, and guidance on Guillain Barré syndrome to health professionals and the general population. 

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Fact #3 : Peru Declared Similar Emergencies Pre-Pandemic

Globally, Guillain-Barré syndrome is considered a rare disease, with 1-2 cases per 100,000 people per year. However, it is surprisingly common in Peru, at least relatively to the rest of the world.

A country of 33 million people, Peru records 300 to 500 cases annually. The Peruvian government has previously declared similar health emergencies in 2018 and 2019. During the last 3 years, cases dropped – probably due to the lockdown and other COVID-19 health measures:

During the year 2020, 448 cases were reported nationally with a weekly average of 11 cases; in 2021, 210 cases were reported with a weekly average of 4 cases, and in 2022, 225 cases were reported with a weekly average of 4 cases. 

This shows that Peru’s Guillain-Barré syndrome problem existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, and certainly long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Fact #4 : Previous Outbreaks Were Due To Infections

Guillain-Barre syndrome is most commonly caused by infections. So it comes to no surprise that the previous outbreaks in Peru were found to be caused by infections:

  • 2018 outbreak : An enterovirus transmitted mainly by the faecal-oral route
  • 2019 outbreak : Campylobacter jejuni bacteria, of the ST2993 genotype

Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a known complication of Campylobacter jejuni infections.

Fact #5 : Current Outbreaks Linked To Bacterial Infection

In the current 2023 outbreak, most patients presented with infections, or signs of infection:

  • 24.1% (46 cases) : respiratory infection
  • 23% (44 cases) : gastrointestinal infection
  • 16.2% (31 cases) : fever

Samples were collected from those patients, and as of 10 July 2023, eleven cases were confirmed to be infected with Campylobacter jejuni – the same bacteria that caused the 2019 outbreak!

Just to be clear – neither the SARS-CoV-2 virus, nor the COVID-19 vaccine, can transform into Campylobacter jejuni bacteria.

And let me just repeat this – Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a known complication of Campylobacter jejuni infections.

 

Fact #6 : GBS Caused By Vaccine Is Rare

Guillain-Barré syndrome can be caused by vaccination, but this is very rare. When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, it has been associated with the AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines – both using the virus vector method.

It is plausible for the adenovirus used by the two vaccines to trigger GBS. After all, the vaccine works by “infecting” our cells with the harmless adenovirus to deliver the necessary genetic code to create the COVID-19 spike protein.

However, the risk of developing Guillain-Barré syndrome with these virus vector vaccines are rare. With the Janssen vaccine, only about 100 suspected GBS cases were reported after 12.8 million people received the vaccine.

The risk of developing GBS with the AstraZeneca vaccine, on the other hand, is between 98 to 140 cases per million doses of the vaccine.

While it is possible that some of the GBS cases in Peru might be due to COVID-19 vaccination, they would be relatively few.

Fact #7 : Guillain-Barré syndrome Is Rapid In Onset

Regardless of the risk of developing GBS from COVID-19 vaccines, it is very unlikely that the current outbreak has anything to do with COVID-19 vaccination. That’s because Guillain-Barre syndrome is rapid-onset – it occurs quickly.

Most Peruvians received their COVID-19 vaccinations by end of May 2022. Therefore, it is impossible for their past COVID-19 vaccinations to surface a year later as Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Fact #8 : The People’s Voice Is A Fake News Website

The People’s Voice is the new name / brand for NewsPunch, which was forced to change its name because it has been so thoroughly discredited, its brand was worthless.

Like Real Raw News, NewPunch was a FAKE NEWS website that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.

It was founded as Your News Wire in 2014, before being rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news spread on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I personally debunked earlier:

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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome From Vaccine Risk Explained!

Should you be alarmed about a reported 7X increase in Stevens-Johnson Syndrome / toxic epidermal necrolysis from COVID-19 and the vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Alarming 7X Increase In Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Linked To COVID-19 And Vaccine!

People are sharing an Epoch Times article, claiming that it is evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine can cause the dangerous Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)!

Here is an excerpt of the Epoch Times article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts:

‘Alarming’ Sevenfold Increase in Steven-Johnson Syndrome Linked to COVID-19 and Vaccine

A sudden increase in Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)—a rare and potentially fatal skin disorder—may be triggered by COVID-19, increased vaccination rates, or a lowered threshold caused by vaccines or previous infection, according to a large case series recently published in Burns.

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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome May Be Linked To COVID-19 And Vaccine

In this article, I will go through the Epoch Times article, and share with you what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Is An Immune System Disorder

First, let’s start with a quick overview of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).

Both SJS and TEN are severe skin reactions caused by the body’s own immune system. They are classified as part of the same disease spectrum, with SJS being less severe (<10% body surface affected) and TEN being the most severe form (>30% body surface affected).

SJS / TEN usually occurs as a reaction to new medication or infection, with genetic factors making some people more vulnerable than others. It progresses fairly quickly:

  1. It usually starts with a fever, sore throat, cough and burning eyes for the first 1-3 days
  2. Then you may feel widespread skin pain, and a red or purple rash develops and spreads
  3. You will start to get blisters on your skin, and the ulcers of the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, eyes, and genitals
  4. The affected areas of your skin will start to blister, and eventually peel off

However, recovery takes much longer – skin regrowth takes 2-3 weeks, and full recovery often takes several months.

SJS has a mortality rate of about 5%, but TEN which has greater skin involvement has a mortality rate of 30% to 40%. So this is indeed a very serious disorder.

Fact #2 : Case Report Only Identified Possible Associations

The Epoch Times article is based on a case report published online in the journal Burns, called The seven-fold rise in incidence of Stevens-Johnson syndrome & toxic epidermal necrolysis: Associations with COVID-19 and the vaccine.

It is currently listed as an Uncorrected Proof, which means it still needs to be “proof-read and corrected by the author(s)”. But I personally don’t see anything troubling in the article – it is a case report and discussion on the 7X increase in SJS / TEN cases the authors saw in their hospital.

However, I should point out that this case report only refers to SJS / TEN cases seen in one hospital – the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney, Australia. That does not mean there is something wrong with the case report. It only means that this is one case report. More research is required before any association can be made.

The authors specifically pointed out that their study only identified three “theories” and “possible associations” for future research to look into:

This study identifies possible associations between COVID, the vaccine and the development of SJS/TEN.

We propose three theories for this seven-fold increase in case number; a virus induced, a vaccine induced and a threshold lowering pathway.

We advise future research investigates the impact viruses such as SARS-COV-2 have on immune mediated diseases such as SJS/TEN.

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Fact #3 : COVID-19 / Vaccine-Related SJS Only Increased By 2.67X

As Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is triggered by a new medication or infection, it is definitely possible for a COVID-19 infection, or vaccine, to cause it. However, it is important to note that SJS / TEN develops soon after the person gets infected, or receives the medication / vaccine.

That’s why the study authors look specifically at just 8 cases (out of 14) where the patients recently had a COVID-19 infection, or received a COVID-19 vaccine. The other 6 cases were not mentioned because they were likely caused by something else.

Because only those 8 cases were deemed to be potentially associated with COVID-19 or the vaccine, the actual increase over the baseline average of 3 cases for that hospital was 2.67x higher than normal, not 7X.

Fact #4 : SJS Risk Appears Higher For COVID-19 Infections

When we look at the breakdown of the eight patients whose SJS / TEN could have been caused by either COVID-19 infection or vaccine:

  • five patients had COVID-19 in the preceding month
  • three patients received a COVID-19 vaccine in the preceding month

Even if we assume that the SJS / TEN of all eight patients were indeed caused by COVID-19 or the vaccine, the results suggest that you are 33% more likely to get SJS / TEN with a COVID-19 infection, than with a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • COVID-19 infection : 2.67X risk over baseline
  • COVID-19 vaccine : 2X risk over baseline

Fact #5 : SJS / TENS Risk Is Still Very Low

Whether the risk of developing Stevens-Johnson Syndrome from a COVID-19 vaccine increases by 7X or just 2X, the risk is still very low.

By the end of 2022, New South Wales vaccinated over 6.5 million people. Taking into account that just three SJS / TENS cases were linked to the COVID-19 vaccine that year, the risk is only about 1 in 2.17 million!

Even if you assume that all 14 SJS / TEN cases (instead of just 3) were caused by the vaccine, that works out to just 1 in 464,286 vaccinated people. Still very rare.

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Fact #6 : Unvaccinated People Have Developed SJS / TENS

The Epoch Times article took pains to point out that “Not a single case of SJS/TEN was reported in an unvaccinated individual.” That’s not surprising because 95% of New South Wales residents were fully-vaccinated by that point in time!

It would be wrong to believe that being unvaccinated means your risk of developing SJS / TEN is zero. Before COVID-19 vaccines were administered, doctors have already reported cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome in unvaccinated COVID-19 patients:

And I should point out that before the COVID-19 pandemic, the incidence for people who never got infected or vaccinated was:

  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome : 1.6 cases per million people per year
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis : 9.2 cases per million people per year

In other words, New South Wales alone would normally see about 13 cases of SJS, and 75 cases of TENS per year, before the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine!

Fact #7 : Risk Of SJS / TENS Much Higher With COVID-19 Infection

A December 2022 review looked at 34 published cases of SJS and TEN developing after COVID-19 infection and vaccination – 12 cases after vaccination, and 22 cases after infection.

Based on their review of the multiple case reports, their tally shows that the risk of getting SJS / TEN from a COVID-19 infection is 4-10X higher than the risk of getting it from any COVID-19 vaccine!

Fact #8 : Underreporting Of SJS / TEN Is Very Unlikely

While the Australian study never once mentioned VAERS (which is an American reporting system), the Epoch Times article took pains to claim that “historically, VAERS has been shown to report fewer than 1 percent of actual vaccine adverse events, which means other cases of SJS/TEN may have occurred but were unreported.

That “less than 1 percent” claim was based on a very old 2011 report (PDF download) on improving vaccine adverse event reporting to VAERS, based on data collected from June 2006 to October 2009. Needless to say – VAERS has improved significantly in the last 14 years!

More importantly, Stevens-Johnson syndrome is such a severe and traumatising event for both doctor and patient, it is extremely unlikely to go unreported or under-reported.

Many people will probably not bother to report adverse events like muscle ache or a fever after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can be sure they will rush to the hospital once their skin starts peeling off!

Fact #9 : The Epoch Times Appears To Be Promoting This

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Was Madonna Revived From Death By Narcan Injection?!

Was Madonna really revived from her death by a Narcan (naloxone) injection?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Madonna Was Revived From Death By Narcan Injection!

People are sharing a RadarOnline article which claims that Madonna was revived from death by a Narcan (naloxone) injection!

Madonna Was Revived by Narcan Injection: Terrifying New Details Reveal Queen of Pop ‘Had to Be Brought Back From The Dead’

Madonna’s brush with death was far worse than anyone knows, RadarOnline.com has exclusively been told.

When the Queen of Pop was found unresponsive on June 24, those who discovered her lifeless body were forced to administer a NARCAN injection, sources said.

NARCAN is an emergency medical treatment commonly used to reverse the life-threatening effects of a suspected overdose. But it is also used to reverse acute septic shock in patients — a condition Madonna is said to have suffered.

The injection, commonly held in medical treatment kits of the rich and famous, is considered useful to increase blood pressure in the management of septic shock, a life-threatening condition that happens when blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level.

There is nothing at all to suggest the hitmaker needed NARCAN for the ill effects of any drug use.

A spokesperson for Madonna had no comment.

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No Evidence Madonna Was Revived From Death By Narcan Injection!

On Saturday, June 24, 2023, Madonna was found unconscious and unresponsive in New York City, and rushed to a hospital ICU, where she was diagnosed with a serious bacterial infection.

Her condition was so severe, she had to be intubated, and her family feared they would “lose her”. That was why they kept quiet about her condition, until the worst was over.

Amazingly, she was busy recording music with Katy Perry in a studio, just hours before she collapsed at home.

After being treated in the ICU for several days, Madonna was discharged on Wednesday night, June 28, and taken to her New York City apartment to recover.

What we don’t know was the circumstances in which Madonna was found, only that she was unconscious and unresponsive. No one has yet been able to corroborate RadarOnline’s claim that Madonna was revived using a Narcan injection. Heck, we don’t even know if Madonna was revived at her home as claimed, or at the hospital.

What we do know is Narcan / naloxone is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, not treat acute septic shock.

It is also unlikely for first responders to think of acute septic shock when they see an unconscious and unresponsive person. Chances are – whoever injected Madonna with naloxone probably did so out of the assumption that she may have overdosed on opioids – a common problem in the United States.

Even if Madonna was injected with Narcan, it is unlikely to have revived her from the dead as claimed. That is only possible if she suffered from an opioid overdose. There is no evidence Madonna overdosed from opioids, but we know that she was hospitalised for a serious bacterial infection.

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To be clear, the FDA allows Narcan to be administered for septic shock as an “adjunctive use” (PDF download), but warns that it should be used “with caution”:

NARCAN is indicated for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression, including respiratory depression, induced by natural and synthetic opioids, including propoxyphene, methadone and certain mixed agonist-antagonist analgesics: nalbuphine, pentazocine, butorphanol, and cyclazocine. NARCAN is also indicated for diagnosis of suspected or known acute opioid overdosage. NARCAN may be useful as an adjunctive agent to increase blood pressure in the management of septic shock

Pfizer, one of the many naloxone manufacturers, states that while naloxone has been shown to produce a rise in blood pressure in some cases of septic shock, it has also been associated with adverse effects like nausea, vomiting, hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias and seizures.

Adjunctive Use in Septic Shock

Naloxone has been shown in some cases of septic shock to produce a rise in blood pressure that may last up to several hours; however this pressor response has not been demonstrated to improve patient survival. In some studies, treatment with naloxone in the setting of septic shock has been associated with adverse effects, including agitation, nausea and vomiting, pulmonary edema, hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, and seizures. The decision to use naloxone in septic shock should be exercised with caution, particularly in patients who may have underlying pain or have previously received opioid therapy and may have developed opioid tolerance.

Therefore, it would not have been likely for trained first responders to administer Narcan to Madonna if they suspected she had septic shock. They would have quickly stabilised her, and rushed her to the hospital.

That scenario certainly remains a possibility – we still do NOT have any confirmation that anyone actually injected Madonna with naloxone!

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At the end of the day, the RadarOnline article is nothing more than celebrity rumour grist to generate some controversy for the page views. Despite insinuations by various blogs and media covering the same story, there is no evidence Madonna collapsed from an opioid overdose, or a COVID-19 vaccine injury.

Nothing has changed with the original story – Madonna suffered from a bad bacterial infection, and had to be hospitalised in the ICU for several days.

 

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Did Joesthetics / Jo Lindner Die From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did bodybuilding star Joesthetics / Jo Lindner die suddenly from COVID-19 vaccine at just 30 years of age?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2023-07-07 : Added some extra information
Originally posted @ 2023-07-03

 

Claim : Joesthetics / Jo Lindner Died Suddenly From COVID-19 Vaccine!

Right after news broke that Jo Lindner, popularly known as Joesthetics on YouTube, died suddenly at home, some people immediately claimed that the popular bodybuilding influencer died from the COVID-19 vaccine or steroid use!

Tom Renz : Seriously? Why is the Daily Wire not mentioning that his #DiedSuddenly event occurred as a direct result of the #COVID #Vaccines? Tie-ins to enemies of freedom like Bill Gates or the WEF? No just steroids… ugh. ⁦@JDRucker⁩ ⁦@VigilantFox⁩

KanekoaTheGreat : NEW — Joesthetics, a popular YouTube bodybuilding star with eight million Instagram followers, died at 30 from an aneurysm after receiving four COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, causing significant bloodwork changes and diagnosed micro clots.

Norma Kay : Joesthetics….. died suddenly
Arterial aneurysm and rupture are known side effects of the mRNA jab. He took 4 jabs

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Truth : Joesthetics / Jo Lindner Died From Ruptured Aneurysm!

It’s now tradition for anti-vaccination activists to blame all sudden deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are the reasons why this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists…

Fact #1 : Joesthetics / Jo Lindner Died From Ruptured Aneurysm

Jo Lindner (born 14 January 1993) was a bodybuilding influencer who is better known as Joesthetics on YouTube.

Just before 4 PM on Friday, June 30, 2023, Jo Lindner was getting ready for a gym session with his bodybuilding friend, Noel Deyzel, when he died suddenly from a ruptured aneurysm.

This was confirmed by his girlfriend, Nicha, who was cuddling with Lindner when he suddenly died. She also said that Lindner had been complaining of neck pain for three days, but did not seek medical attention for it.

Jo is the best place everyone.

Yesterday his past away by aneurysm .. I was there with him in the room.. he put on the necklace in my neck that he made for me ..than ..we was just lay down cuddle..waiting the time to go meet Noel at the gym at 16.00 .. he was in my arms.. than this is just happening too fast.. 3 days ago he kept said that he pain his neck .. we not really realize it… until it too late.

Nicha noticeably did not blame the COVID-19 vaccine for his death, or claim that he died from a vaccine side effect.

Fact #2 : Joesthetics Had A Muscle Condition

Just three weeks earlier – on June 7, 2023, Jo Lindner appeared on Bradley Martyn’s Raw Talk where he revealed that he suffers from rippling muscle disease (RMD) – a rare neuromuscular disorder characterised by increased muscle irritability.

RMD is a genetic disorder, caused by mutations in the CAV3 gene. The same CAV3 genetic mutations can also cause cardiomyopathies (heart muscle problems), although there is no evidence that RMD is associated with aneurysm.

The heart is also a muscle, that’s my biggest concern that what if I get such a bad cramp that my heart gets a cramp.

Fact #3 : Joesthetics Was On Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Just one day before he died, Jo Lindner posted about going back on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) after losing the gains he made earlier. He also warned his fans about the risks of going on TRT.

When I lost my gains because I went off everything for 1 year but then could not recover my own test levels so went back on trt. Trust me I tried to stop but be aware it might have long term effects for your life. Trt is a big commitment keep that in mind

However, there is no evidence that TRT can aggravate or cause an aneurysm to rupture.

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Fact #4 : Joesthetics Was Taking Anabolic Steroids

Jo Lindner admitted earlier that he took anabolic steroids, and said that he had no idea how harmful they could be for his health. He shared that he developed gynaecomastia – the abnormal enlargement of male breast tissue, together with ‘burning nipples’.

During his recent Raw Talk podcast with Bradley Martyn, Joesthetics said that he was taking 75 mg of “tren” in addition to 250 mg of “test” (testosterone) a week. Tren, which is short for trenbolone, is an androgen and anabolic steroid used to increase muscle growth.

Anabolic steroids can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems, from hypertension and thrombosis to heart attacks and weakness of the connective tissue. Dissection of the ascending aorta is particularly associated with bodybuilders using anabolic steroids. Although it is atypical, aortic dissection can present with pain in the neck.

Fact #5 : Joesthetics Was Taking Marijuana

In his Raw Talk podcast with Bradley Martyn, Joesthetics said that he had been taking weed (marijuana / cannabis) for about 6 years.

While cannabis use has not be associated with the development or rupture of aneurysms, a January 2022 study published in the journal Stroke, showed routine marijuana users have a poorer outcome after an aneurysm rupture:

We’re all vulnerable to a bleeding stroke or a ruptured aneurysm; however, if you’re a routine marijuana user, you may be predisposed to a worse outcome from a stroke after the rupture of that aneurysm.
– Michael T. Lawton M.D., senior author of the study, and President and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute

Fact #6 : Joesthetics Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

In his recent Raw Talk podcast with Bradley Martyn, Joesthetics said that he received four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, he did not reveal which vaccine he received, so claims that he received the Pfizer or mRNA vaccine are unsubstantiated.

Jo Lindner lives in Thailand, where four different COVID-19 vaccines were offered – the vast majority were from Sinovac or AstraZeneca, with a small proportion from Pfizer:

  • Sinovac : about 47% of doses
  • AstraZeneca : about 45.5% of doses
  • Pfizer : about 6% of doses
  • Janssen : about 1.5% of doses

With the exception of the Janssen vaccine, the other three COVID-19 vaccines were approved for use as the 3rd and 4th (booster) doses, so it is possible that Jo Lindner never received the Pfizer / mRNA vaccine at all.

Joesthetics also claimed that his “doctor” found heavy metals in his blood after he got vaccinated against COVID-19, and recommended that he undergo plasmapheresis. No approved COVID-19 vaccine contains heavy metal, so that’s a really peculiar claim.

In any case, Joesthetics underwent plasmapheresis twice to clean his blood of heavy metals. So even if you believe that COVID-19 vaccines contain heavy metals (they don’t), Jo Lindner had his blood “cleansed” TWICE, so it would be illogical to still claim that he died from the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Create An Aneurysm

Just in case there is any doubt, COVID-19 vaccines cannot create an aneurysm.

An aneurysm is a physical weakening of an artery that bulges into a blood-filled balloon. Small aneurysms generally do not produce any symptoms unless they rupture. Large ones, however, may exert pressure on nearby nerves and tissues causing symptoms like numbness, weakness, paralysis, etc.

When an aneurysm ruptures, the person will experience a sudden and extremely severe pain and even vomiting and seizures, before losing consciousness. If not quickly treated, the resulting haemorrhage causes death. Getting vaccinated does not increase your risk of developing aneurysms, but these risk factors will:

  • genetic predisposition, like connective tissue disorders, polycystic kidney disease, history of aneurysm in close family members
  • untreated hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • cigarette smoking
  • drug abuse, especially cocaine or amphetamines (because they raise blood pressure)
  • intravenous drug abuse, which causes infectious mycotic aneurysms
  • anabolic steroid use, which causes high blood pressure and atherosclerotic effects
  • age over 40

Fact #8 : Aneurysm is Not A Vaccine Side Effect

The claim that aneurysm is in the list of vaccine side effects is nonsense and based on the (intentional?) misunderstanding of the Adverse Events of Special interest (AESI) list.

The AESI list is not a list of vaccine side effects. It’s a list of mostly non-specific adverse events that are monitored post-vaccination, and includes COVID-19 and other infections, as well as:

  • manufacturing and lab test issues like “Manufacturing laboratory analytical testing issue, Manufacturing materials issue, Manufacturing production issue“.
  • product supply issues like “Product availability issue, Product distribution issue, Product supply issue“.

They are obviously not vaccine side effects, nor related in any way to the performance or safety of the vaccine.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

 

Fact #9 : Claims Of COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries Often Proven False

Most claims of sudden deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false. Here is the latest dozen of other false sudden death claims!

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Is Madonna Fighting For Her Life From Vaccine Injury?!

Was Madonna just rushed to the ICU after collapsing from a COVID-19 vaccine injury?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Madonna Is Fighting For Her Life From Vaccine Injury!

Right after news broke that Madonna was rushed to the ICU after being found unconscious in New York, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that legendary singer was injured by the COVID-19 vaccine!

Dom Lucre : Please pray for Madonna while she recovers in the ICU room after being found unresponsive for what some reports are saying appears to be vaccine related which would be unfortunate if true since Madonna was one of the loudest supporters of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Madonna Hospitalized Found Unconscious In The USA

Madonna confirms that she took both shots of the Moderna vaccine, during the behind the scenes video of the Madame X Tour record mix.

Died Suddenly : Madonna has been rushed to a New York City hospital after being found unresponsive.

The pop icon, 64, was discovered at a residence on Saturday before being admitted to the ICU where she was intubated overnight.

Madonna donated $1.1 Million dollars to Covid Vaccine research, and made claims that the vaccine should be “mandatory like gun control” because it “saves lives”

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Truth : Madonna Is Not Fighting For Her Life From Vaccine Injury!

It’s now tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Madonna Was Found Unconscious

Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone on August 16, 1958) was found unconscious and unresponsive in New York City on Saturday, June 24, 2023.

She was rushed to a hospital ICU, where she was intubated. Her condition was so severe, her family feared they would “lose her”. A relative said:

For the past couple of days, no one really knew which direction this was going to turn, and her family was preparing for the worst.

That is why it was kept a secret since Saturday. Everyone believed that we may lose her and that has been the reality of the situation.

Fact #2 : Madonna Suffered From A Bacterial Infection

On Wednesday, June 28, her long-time manager, Guy Oseary revealed on Instagram that Madonna was in the ICU for a serious bacterial infection, and that they are postponing all commitments including her Celebration Tour.

On Saturday, June 24, Madonna developed a serious bacterial infection which led to a several-day stay in the ICU.

According to insiders, Madonna had suffering from a low-grade fever for a month before she collapsed and had to be hospitalised. Sources familiar with the situation told TMZ that Madonna ignored her symptoms and never saw a doctor because she was “laser focused” on rehearsing for her upcoming tour.

To be clear – Madonna did not suffer from COVID-19, or a COVID-19 vaccine injury. She was hospitalised for a serious bacterial infection.

Fact #3 : Madonna Is Out Of ICU + Recovering

A unnamed source confirmed that Madonna is already out of the ICU and recovering from her bacterial infection. Her manager, Oseary, confirmed that in his post, also saying that “a full recovery is expected“.

Her health is improving, however she is still under medical care. A full recovery is expected.

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Fact #4 : Madonna Had Been Pushing Herself Hard

Madonna had reportedly been pushing herself hard to prepare for her Celebration Tour, which was scheduled to launch in Vancouver on July 15, and run until January 2024.

Her family believe that this health scare was a wake-up call for Madonna who earlier believed “she is invincible” and had been “wearing herself thin over the past couple of months” to prepare for her upcoming Celebration Tour.

While Madonna may be out of the woods, she is now taking time to recover from her health scare. Consequently, her manager, Guy Oseary, announced that Madonna has postponed her Celebration Tour:

At this time we will need to pause all commitments, which includes the tour. We will share more details as soon as we have them, including a new start date for the tour and for rescheduled shows.

Fact #5 : Madonna Is Possibly Fully-Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Madonna is likely fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, but her record on vaccines have been somewhat controversial.

On 3 April 2020, Madonna shared that she donated $1 million to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help create a COVID-19 vaccine.

However, Madonna spread COVID-19 misinformation on her Instagram account in July 2020, sharing a video of Dr. Stella Immanuel, who falsely claimed that social distancing and face masks were ineffective, and made unsubstantiated claims that hydroxychloroquine was a cure for COVID-19. She called Immanuel her “hero” at that time.

A video posted on May 6, 2021, shows Madonna saying that she received two doses of the Moderna mRNA vaccine for COVID-19. The video appears to be edited, and I can find no source for the original video to date. However, because it was posted more than two years ago, I believe it is likely to be accurate.

Even so, I would like to caution everyone that this is the only “evidence” for Madonna’s COVID-19 vaccination status, and it is still unverified or confirmed by other means or sources.

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Fact #6 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if Madonna was fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, it does not mean she suffered from a COVID-19 vaccine injury, as she would have received her doses more than two years ago!

She cannot possibly have suffered from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Fact #7 : Claims Of COVID-19 Vaccine Deaths / Injuries Often Proven False

Madonna joins a long list of people falsely accused of being injured or killed by the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vast majority of claims of sudden deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false. Here is the latest dozen of other false sudden death claims!

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Does Your Car Have Cancer-Causing Benzene?!

Do you have to drive with the windows down, because your car is full of cancer-causing benzene?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Your Car Is Killing You With Cancer-Causing Benzene!

This message keep going viral on WhatsApp, and social media platforms, claiming that our cars are full of cancer-causing benzene! It’s really long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

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🔈 This msg from Dr Syed Badar Husain, renowned neurologist in Atlanta:

Plz circulate🔜

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Truth : Your Car Is Not Killing You With Benzene!

This appears to be yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : This Is Very Old Fake News

First, I should point out that this isn’t a new viral message. This message first appeared in chain letters sent by email sometime in 2009. It then migrated to social media platforms and instant messengers over time.

Fact #2 : No Evidence Dr. Badar Wrote It

There appears to be a neurologist called Dr. Badar Husain Syed, but he is based in Snellville, Georgia, not Atlanta; and he specialises in Sleep Medicine. There is no evidence Dr. Syed ever wrote that viral message.

Fact #3 : Benzene Has Been Linked With Cancer

Benzene is a colourless, volatile chemical with a sweet odour, that is commonly used in many industries. It is found in everything from plastics to lubricants, rubbers, cigarettes, detergents, drugs, pesticides, and even petrol / gasoline.

Studies have shown that exposure to high levels of benzene is associated with increased risk of developing leukaemia. However, it does not appear to be associated with other types of cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies benzene as “carcinogenic to humans”. The US EPA also classifies benzene as “a known human carcinogen”.

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Fact #4 : American Cancer Society Called It Fake

In 2011, the American Cancer Society (ACS) addressed the viral message, and called it fake news.

We found no published studies that confirm the claims of this e-mail. Benzene levels that exceed recommendations for chronic workplace exposure have been observed in some moving cars, but these levels seem unlikely in properly maintained cars.

Fact #5 : 2007 German Study Disproved Claim

In 2007, the American Chemical Society published a German study called “Toxicity of Parked Motor Vehicle Indoor Air“, which looked at “the health effects of emissions from vehicles exposed to “parked in sunshine” conditions“.

The researchers exposed a new car, as well as a 3 year-old car with identical interior to 14,000 watts of light, and then analysed their indoor air. They found that both cars produced different kinds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs):

Vehicle Age Major VOCs
New Car o,m,p-xylenes, C3 and C4-alkylbenzenes,
dodecane, tridecane, methylpyrrolidinone
3 yo Car acetone, methylpyrrolidinone,
methylcyclohexane, acetaldehyde,
o,m,p-xylenes, ethylhexanol, toluene

Interestingly, the study did not find any significant amount of benzene inside both cars, despite subjecting them to intense levels of light and heat.

The study also found that the indoor air of both cars do not pose apparent health hazards. The amounts of VOCs present in the indoor air collected also did not appear to pose any carcinogenic risk.

No toxicity was observed in any cell line with or without metabolic activation. Neither did we find an effect on type IV sensitization or an irritative potential.

A slight but statistically significant aggravating effect on IgE-mediated immune response of only the new vehicle indoor air was determined (p < 0.05). The IgE-response modulating effect of indoor air might be relevant for atopic individuals.

Else no direct toxicity, no toxicity after metabolic activation by cytochrome P450, and no irritative or type IV sensitizing potential of motor vehicle indoor air were found, neither from the new nor used vehicle. Our investigations indicated no apparent health hazard of parked motor vehicle indoor air.

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Fact #6 : Biggest Benzene Risk Are From Other Causes

Benzene is so commonly used in many products that it is simply impossible to avoid exposure completely. But your car’s indoor air is really the least of your worries, if at all.

Workplace exposure to benzene is a major risk, which is why benzene exposure is heavily regulated at the workplace. Even so, workers in the rubber industry, oil-related industries (including refineries and petrol stations), chemical plants, shoe manufacturers, steel workers, lab technicians and firefighters have increased exposure to benzene.

Outside of the workplace, people are most exposed to benzene from vehicle exhaust fumes, fumes and wastewater from nearby factories, petrol stations, etc. Many people are also exposed to benzene from smoking cigarettes, or second-hand smoke.

To limit your exposure to benzene, American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends doing the following:

Stay away from cigarette smoke. If you are person who smokes, try to quit. It’s also important to avoid secondhand smoke. Cigarette smoke is a major source of benzene exposure.

Pump gas carefully and use gas stations with vapor recovery systems that capture the fumes. Avoid skin contact with gasoline.

When possible, limit the time you spend near idling car engines. This can help lower your exposure to exhaust fumes, which contain benzene (as well as other potentially harmful chemicals).

Use common sense around any chemicals that might contain benzene. Limit or avoid exposure to fumes from solvents, paints, and art supplies, especially in unventilated spaces.

If you are exposed to benzene at your workplace, talk to your employer about limiting your exposure through process changes (such as replacing the benzene with another solvent or enclosing the benzene source) or by using personal protective equipment. If needed, you can also contact the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), which can provide more information or assistance.

Notice how the ACS did not mention driving with your car windows down? Or “flushing” the air inside your car before driving? That’s because there is simply no evidence that there is significant amounts of benzene inside your car.

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Is Bill Gates Releasing Millions of GMO Mosquitoes?!

Is Bill Gates manufacturing and releasing 30 million genetically-modified mosquitoes every week?!

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Claim : Bill Gates Is Releasing Millions Of GMO Mosquitoes!

People are sharing a World Mosquito Program video as evidence that Bill Gates is manufacturing and releasing 30 million genetically-mosquitoes every week, from his mosquito factory in Colombia.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr : Should Bill Gates be releasing 30 million genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild? Part of the mentality of earth-as-engineering-object. What could possibly go wrong?

Dr. Anastasia Maria Loupis : BILL GATES – This is Bill’s mosquito factory in Colombia. It’s the largest in the world. 30 million genetically modified mosquitoes are released every week into 11 countries. Because Bill knows better than nature, what could possibly go wrong.

Dr. Lynn Fynn-derella : How is @BillGates allowed to do this? They are likely testing mosquito-borne disease spread in order to roll out more vaccines for the diseases they create. The entire mosquito population should be eradicated- including the king mosquito-

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Truth : Bill Gates Is NOT Releasing Millions Of GMO Mosquitoes!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created about Bill Gates, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Mosquito Factory Video Was Released In 2022

First, let me just point out that the mosquito factory video is not new. It was posted by Bill Gates on his YouTube channel some 9 months ago, on August 16, 2022, garnering over 6.9 million views.

Fact #2 : Mosquito Factory Does Not Belong To Bill Gates

The “world’s biggest mosquito factory” in Medellin, Colombia, does not belong to Bill Gates. It is not Bill Gates’ mosquito factory. He doesn’t own one.

As the viral video clearly states, that mosquito factory belongs to World Mosquito Program.

Fact #3 : World Mosquito Program Has Many “Factories”

The World Mosquito Program actually has a number of mosquito breeding facilities worldwide. The Medellin mosquito factory is merely its biggest. To be clear – Bill Gates does not own any of them.

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Fact #4 : Those Are Not Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes

The claim that those are genetically-modified mosquitoes is false. Those are regular Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that have not been genetically modified.

As the video itself explained, the mosquitoes are only being infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which are extremely common bacteria found naturally in 50% of insect species.

The World Mosquito Program also clearly stated on its website that it does not genetically modify any mosquito:

Unlike most other techniques that aim to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, our Wolbachia method is natural and self-sustaining.

Our method does not suppress mosquito populations or involve genetic modification (GM), as the genetic material of the mosquito is not altered.

Fact #5 : Wolbachia Mosquitoes Prevent Diseases

When Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are infected by the Wolbachia bacteria, scientists discovered that the bacteria competes with viruses like dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever!

This makes it harder for the dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever viruses to multiply in the Wolbachia-infected mosquito, and thus, block the transmission of those viruses.

A randomised controlled trial conducted in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, found that Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes reduced the number of dengue cases in the city by a whopping 77%, and dengue hospitalisations by 86%!

Another study conducted in Medillin (where the mosquito factory is located) showed that the mosquitoes reduced dengue cases there by 89% since they were first released in 2015.

On top of that, scientists also discovered that male Wolbachia mosquitoes can reduce the population of uninfected mosquitoes by breeding with normal female mosquitoes – the eggs they produce won’t hatch!

All this can be accomplished by breeding and infecting mosquitoes with the Wolbachia bacteria, and releasing them. There is no need for any genetic modification.

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Credit : National Environment Agency

Fact #6 : World Mosquito Program Is A Monash University Project

The World Mosquito Program is not a Bill Gates project. Formerly known as the Eliminate Dengue Project, it is a non-profit initiative by Monash University of Australia, with funding from the Australian government, as well as other donors.

Fact #7 : Bill + Melinda Gates Foundation Helped Fund The Project

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together with the Wellcome Trust, awarded the World Mosquito Program with AUD$50 million (US$33.7 million) in additional funds in September 2022.

It is unknown how much the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alone contributed to the World Mosquito Program, but both foundations have contributed a total of AUD$185 million (US$124.6 million) in funding since 2010.

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Did DOD Data Show Spike In Diseases After Vaccine?!

Did leaked DOD data show a massive spike in diseases in US military personnel after they received the COVID-19 vaccine?!

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Claim : DOD Data Show Massive Disease Spike After Vaccine!

People are sharing a post and/or video which claim that leaked data from the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) show a massive increase in diseases in US military personnel after they received the COVID-19 vaccine!

Here is an excerpt from the really long article, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Leaked Database Shows U.S. Military Disease Rocketing After Covid-19 inoculations

Attorney Thomas Renz reveals what multiple DoD whistleblowers have provided on the safety signals they are seeing. These numbers are mind blowing!

Attorney Thomas Renz reveals what multiple DoD whistleblowers have provided on the safety signals they are seeing. These numbers are mind blowing!

Data leaked from the Defense Health Agencies Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) shows skyrocketing levels of disease among military personnel.

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Truth : DOD Data Do Not Show Massive Disease Spike After Vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being created to scare people about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : DMED Data Is Available To Many People

First, let me just point out that the Defense Health Agencies Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) is an online DOD (Department of Defense) platform which allows users to look up a subset of data from the Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS).

The DMED platform is not public, but it is available to a wide number of people, specifically “U.S. military personnel, medical providers, epidemiologists, medical researchers, safety officers, medical operations and clinical staff, and federal partners and civilian collaborators in military medical research and operations“.

Anyone with the right credentials, including civilian researchers, can access the database.

Fact #2 : DMED Data For 2016-2020 Was Inaccurate

US DOD (Department of Defense) spokesperson Lisa Lawrence explained that the massive increase in diseases afflicting US military personnel in 2021 was due to inaccurate DMED data for 2016-2020:

Comparing the DMED database to the source data contained in DMSS, the Defense Health Agency’s Armed Forces Surveillance Division (AFHSD) discovered that the total number of medical diagnoses from 2016-2020 that were accessible in DMED represented only a small fraction of actual medical diagnoses for those years. In contrast, the 2021 total number of medical diagnoses were up to date in DMED.

The comparison between the data available in the platform from 2021 and 2016-2020 “resulted in the appearance of significant increased occurrence of all medical diagnoses in 2021 because of the underreported data for 2016-2020. AFHSD has taken DMED offline to identify and correct the root-cause of the data corruption.

Peter Graves, the spokesperson for the Defense Health Agency’s Armed Forces Surveillance Division, explained that the incorrect data for the years 2016-2020 led to a large underreporting of diseases for those years. But the 2021 data was correct, thus giving the “appearance of significant increased ccurrence of all medical diagnoses in 2021 because of the underreported data for 2016-2020“.

In other words, the incorrect DMED data for 2016-2022 made it appear as if there was a sudden spike in illnesses affecting US military personnel, when there was none.

If there was really a spike in diseases after COVID-19 vaccination, the US DOD would have reacted quickly, as this would have gravely impacted troop readiness. They didn’t do anything because there was no actual spike in diseases after vaccination.

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Fact #3 : No Evidence COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Cancer

There is zero evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause cancer, or increase the risk of cancer. In fact, there is no sign of any surge of cancers developing after COVID-19 vaccinations worldwide.

Claims that COVID-19 vaccines cause “turbo cancer” is also nonsensical – there is no such thing as “turbo cancer”. Cancers generally take many years to develop following exposure to carcinogens.

It is biologically implausible for COVID-19 vaccines to cause a spike in cancer diagnoses, even if the DMED data was correct (which isn’t the case).

Fact #4 : No Evidence COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Birth Defects / Fertility Problems

There is also zero evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause birth defects and fertility problems like miscarriages, ovarian dysfunction, infertility in men or women, etc.

Post-marketing surveillance have not detected any data that would suggest that the COVID-19 vaccines would negatively impact pregnancy or fertility in any way. Later studies involving thousands of pregnancies also showed that there was no increased risk of miscarriages, preterm births, or other safety concerns for mothers and their babies after COVID-19 vaccination.

In contrast, the data shows that pregnant women are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19, particularly in their second and third trimesters. This increases the risk of preterm birth and miscarriage / still birth.

Furthermore, two US studies found that COVID-19 vaccination did not affect sperm quality, or embryo implantation. But COVID-19 infections has been shown to temporarily reduce male fertility.

Fact #5 : Heart Problems Are More Common With COVID-19 Infections

mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are associated with the rare risk of developing heart inflammation – myocarditis and pericarditis, but they mostly occur in males under the age of 40, and are generally milder in nature.

On the other hand, heart inflammation is not only more common with COVID-19 infections, it is often more severe.

The large SAFECOVAC trial involving over 400,000 hospital admissions showed that it is hundred of times easier to get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection, than it is from three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine!

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

Look at the results! If you are worried about myocarditis, you should definitely want to AVOID getting infected with COVID-19.

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Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been Proven Safe + Effective

Anti-vaccination proponents are not interested in your health, which is why they keep spreading misinformation about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – COVID-19 vaccines were only approved AFTER they have undergone large safety and efficacy tests, involving tens of thousands of volunteers.

And even after receiving Emergency Use Authorisation and full FDA approval, they continue to be monitored for safety and efficacy.

The reason why doctors and health authorities STRONGLY advocate vaccination is because the vaccines have been PROVEN to protect the vast majority of people from getting COVID-19 in the first place.

And even if you do get infected after vaccination, the vaccine will protect you against hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

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Do Paracetamol Tablets Contain Machupo Virus?!

Do P-500 Paracetamol / Acetaminophen tablets contain the dangerous Machupo virus?!

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Claim : P-500 Paracetamol Contains Machupo Virus!

People are sharing a post and photo on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, claiming that the P-500 or P / 500 or Aeknil paracetamol tablets contain the dangerous Machupo virus!

URGENT WARNING!

Be careful not to take the paracetamol that comes written P / 500. It is a new, very white and shiny paracetamol, doctors advise that it contains “Machupo” virus, considered one of the most dangerous viruses in the world, with a high mortality rate. Please share this message, with all people on your contact list as well as family, and save a life or lives ….I’ve done my part, now it’s your turn … remember that God helps those who help others & themselves!

Forward as received.

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Truth : Paracetamol Tablets Do Not Contain Machupo Virus

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created to scare people about the safety of medications, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Paracetamol = Acetaminophen

First, let me just point out that paracetamol is known as acetaminophen in the United States, Canada, Japan, Venezuela and Columbia.

You may better know them by their trade names – Panadol is the GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) trade name for paracetamol, while Tylenol is the trade name owned by McNeil, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for the same drug – acetaminophen.

Many people now call all forms of paracetamol / acetaminophen “Panadol” or “Tylenol”, whether it comes from GSK or McNeil or another company. In other words :

Paracetamol = Panadol = Tylenol = Acetaminophen

Fact #2 : Paracetamol / Acetaminophen Do Not Contain Machupo Virus

To be clear – paracetamol or acetaminophen tablets do not contain the Machupo virus.

This was confirmed by many health authorities like the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) [pdf download]:

Seperti kebanyakan virus yang lain, virus ini tidak boleh hidup dalam persekitaran yang kering seperti tablet paracetamol.

Like many other viruses, this virus cannot live in a dry environment like paracetamol tablets.

The Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA) also confirmed that this is fake news:

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) would like to inform members of the public that an “alert” that is circulating on social media regarding the transmission of “Machupo” virus through paracetamol tablets is a hoax. Its content is untrue.

HSA assures the public that the content of the hoax “alert” is inaccurate and is not a cause for concern. Anyone who receives the hoax “alert” should not forward it to others as the information is untrue.

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Fact #3 : Machupo Virus Only Documented In South America

The Machupo virus is the informal name for Machupo mammarenavirus, an RNA virus of the Arenaviridae family that causes Bolivian haemorrhagic fever (BHF) – also known as black typhus or Ordog Fever.

First identified in 1963, the Machupo virus is deadly with a mortality rate of between 5% to 30%, with an average case-fatality rate of 22%.

However, the Machupo virus has only been documented in South America, mostly in Bolivia, where it is endemic in the regions of Mamoré and Iténez.

Fact #4 : Machupo Virus Is Transmitted By Infected Rodents

The Machupo virus is transmitted through infected rodents, specifically the large vesper mouse (Calomys callosus) that is indigenous to northern Bolivia. That’s why its spread is limited mainly to Bolivia.

In addition, the virus spreads through the saliva, faeces, and urine of infected rodents. Therefore, it is unlikely to spread through sealed packages of any medication, unless the contents were contaminated during production or packaging.

Fact #5 : This Is Old Fake News

Finally, this fake news isn’t even new. It was been circulating since mid-2017. It just keeps resurrecting and going “viral” every few years on WhatsApp and social media platforms.

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Did CDC Say COVID Vaccines Cause AIDS + Cancer?!

Did the CDC say that COVID-19 vaccines increased AIDS related diseases and cancer by 338X in 2021?!

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Claim : CDC Says COVID-19 Vaccines Increased AIDS + Cancer!

People are sharing an article by The Expose (formerly Daily Expose), which claims that the CDC just said that the COVID-19 vaccines increased AIDS-associated diseases and cancers by 338X in 2021!

Here is an excerpt from the really long article, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

COVID Vaccine roll-out caused 338x increase in AIDS-associated Diseases & Cancers in 2021 says CDC

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Truth : CDC Did Not Say COVID-19 Vaccines Increase AIDS + Cancer

This is just another example of FAKE NEWS from the notorious fake news website, The Expose, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Expose Is A Notorious Fake News Website

Like Real Raw News and NewsPunch, Daily Expose is a FAKE NEWS website that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money. It was later rebranded as The Expose.

Founded in November 2020 by Jonathan Allen-Walker – a mechanic from Lincolnshire, The Expose / Daily Expose is infamous for publishing COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from Daily Expose / The Expose. Here are some of its fake stories that I personally debunked earlier:

Everything posted by The Expose / Daily Expose must be considered fake news, until proven otherwise.

Fact #2 : Adverse Events Are Not Side Effects

Anti-vaccination activists and websites often mention “adverse events” instead of “side effects”, and that’s intentional.

Adverse events are simply “unfavourable” or “unintended” events that happen after vaccination, even if they are unrelated to the vaccine itself. Adverse events can include vaccine-related events like an anaphylactic reaction, or something completely unrelated like getting into a car accident right after vaccination.

Just because they were reported to monitoring systems like VAERS in the US, or Yellow Card in the UK, it does not mean that they are vaccine side effects. Reported adverse events have to be investigated to find out if they are related (anaphylactic reaction) or not (getting into a car accident) to the vaccine or drug that was taken.

Even if an adverse event was “possibly caused” by the vaccine, it must still be confirmed that the vaccine directly caused it, because an anaphylactic reaction (for example) can also occur from a bee sting, or an existing peanut allergy.

Only once an adverse event is confirmed to be caused by the vaccine, is it then a vaccine side effect. Otherwise, it is merely an adverse event, not a side effect.

That is why it is not only wrong, but grossly irresponsible, to use adverse events to scare people into thinking that they are vaccine side effects.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #3 : Adverse Event Monitoring Systems Are Open To Abuse

Adverse event monitoring systems like VAERS and Yellow Card were intentionally designed to be open to anyone to report anything. This lets scientists catch as many adverse events as possible, to hopefully pick out very rare side effects that even large trials may not catch.

Unfortunately, this open design also makes them notoriously susceptible to abuse, and false reporting. Not just doctors and their patients, but literally any Tom, Dick, or Harry with nothing better to do, can create and file nonsensical adverse event reports.

This is why VAERS, for example, is a favourite tool for anti-vaccination activists. Not only can they create fake reports to inflate the numbers of adverse events, and/or to generate fake news, they often use its unverified adverse events statistics to drive the perception that COVID-19 vaccines cause a lot of death and injuries.

The CDC is well-aware of this problem, which is why they explicitly pointed out to everyone that :

  • Reports may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information.
  • The number of reports alone cannot be interpreted or used to reach conclusions about the existence, severity, frequency, or rates of problems associated with vaccines.

For certain, CDC did not say that the VAERS reports show that COVID-19 vaccines increased AIDS and cancer by 338X in 2021!

So next time you see any report that mentions VAERS, take it with a big pinch of salt. Better still, ignore it completely.

Fact #4 : AIDS Is Caused By HIV Infection

The Expose / Daily Expose falsely claims that AIDS have multiple causes, including “drugs or medications”. That’s nonsense. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is only caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

HIV infections go through different stages – from an acute infection, to clinical latency, before it progresses to the AIDS stage, which is defined as a HIV infection with either :

  • a CD4+ T cell count below 200 cells per µL, or
  • the occurrence of specific diseases associated with HIV infection

The Expose / Daily Expose (intentionally?) confused AIDS with Secondary Immunodeficiency Disorders (SID).

Since AIDS can only be caused by a HIV infection, the entire premise of its article falls into pieces. It’s complete and utter nonsense – COVID-19 vaccines do not cause AIDS!

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Fact #5 : HIV Is Different From SARS-CoV-2

Just to be clear, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a completely different virus from SARS-CoV-2 – the COVID-19 virus.

HIV viruses are single-stranded retroviruses from the Lentivirus genus, and are transmitted through sexual contact, or transfer of blood and bodily fluids.

SARS-CoV-2 is a single-stranded coronavirus from the Betacoronavirus genus, and is airborne, mainly transmitted through respiratory droplets and aerosols.

There is no conceivable way for COVID-19 vaccines, or even COVID-19 infections, to cause AIDS…. or to “create a new form of AIDS”. That’s nonsense.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Damage Immune System

COVID-19 vaccines do not damage your immune system, because they are really just training camps for your immune system.

All they do is teach your immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Your own immune system will then develop its own antibodies to protect against the real coronavirus when you get infected.

Like special forces training for soldiers in an army, vaccines boost your immune system’s ability to fight back against a new enemy.

COVID-19 vaccines certainly cannot cause AIDS by damaging your immune system Again, AIDS can only be caused by a HIV infection!

Everything posted by The Expose must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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Did Tom Sizemore Get Brain Aneurysm From Vaccine?!

Did Tom Sizemore die after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm from the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2023-03-05 : Added new details of Tom Sizemore’s stroke and death
Originally posted @ 2023-02-20

 

Claim : Tom Sizemore Died From Brain Aneurysm Caused By Vaccine!

After news broke that Tom Sizemore was taken off life support after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm, people immediately claimed that the Hollywood actor died from a COVID-19 vaccine injury!

Actor Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) has been hospitalized after suffering a brain aneurysm. He is currently in critical condition. So many actors have the #clotshot – they can’t work without them. An aneurysm is on the list of 1600 possible side effects from the #vaccine.

Prayers and best wishes to actor Tom Sizemore that is in critical condition after suffering a brain aneurysm. So many people dropping dead and facing serious health problems since the covid vaccines. Natural immunity is all we need. Our bodies are built to deal with these issues

I’m sure they all got the vax to keep their “Actors Union” cards…. But, what do I know?🫤

Tom Sizemore in critical condition after suffering brain aneurysm

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Truth : Tom Sizemore Did Not Die From Brain Aneurysm Caused By Vaccine!

It’s now tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Tom Sizemore Suffered A Ruptured Brain Aneurysm

Tom Sizemore (born Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. on November 29, 1961) rose to fame for his roles in Saving Private Ryan, Heat, Pearl Harbour and Black Hawk Down.

At around 2 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2023, Tom Sizemore suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm at his Los Angeles home. Fortunately, someone found him, and quickly called 911.

EMS units responded and took the 61 year-old actor to a local hospital, where he was being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). However, he showed no signs of improvement and remained in a coma.

Doctors informed family that there is no further hope and have recommended [an] end of life decision.

The ruptured aneurysm essentially causes a hemorrhagic stroke with increased intracranial pressure, and could even cause an ischaemic stroke if nearby blood vessels undergo vasospasm and constrict, limiting blood flow to the brain.

On March 4, he passed away after his family took him off life support. Tom Sizemore’s representative issued this statement:

It is with great sadness and sorrow I have to announce that actor Thomas Edward Sizemore, aged 61, passed away peacefully in his sleep today at St Joseph’s Hospital Burbank. His Brother Paul and twin boys Jayden and Jagger were at his side.

Fact #2 : Tom Sizemore Had Long History Of Drug Abuse

It did not help that Tom Sizemore had a long history of substance abuse, battling drug addiction since he was just 15 years old. Even convictions for drug offences did little to stop his addiction. On May 8, 2007, Sizemore was arrested for possession of methamphetamine while on probation for a previous drug conviction!

In 2013, he claimed that fellow actor Robert De Niro “forced” him to kick his drug habit, personally checking him into rehab. Despite De Niro’s help, Sizemore was arrested on January 5, 2019, for possession of “various illegal narcotics in Burbank, California.

Whether his long history of drug abuse may have caused the rupture of his brain aneurysm is uncertain, but it likely affected his chance of recovering from that traumatic event.

Read more : Did Tom Sizemore Die From Vaccine-Induced Stroke?!

Fact #3 : Unknown If Tom Sizemore Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It is currently unknown if Tom Sizemore was vaccinated against COVID-19, as he has never publicly mentioned his vaccination status.

For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

For example, anti-vaccination activists claimed that Kaden Clymer was almost crippled by a 6-foot long vaccine-induced blood clot, but the high school athlete was never vaccinated against COVID-19!

Until and unless his family reveals his COVID-19 vaccination status, anyone who claims that Tom Sizemore received the COVID-19 vaccine is likely lying to you.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Create A Brain Aneurysm

Just in case there is any doubt, COVID-19 vaccines cannot create a brain aneurysm.

An aneurysm is a physical weakening of an artery in the brain, that bulges into a blood-filled balloon. Small aneurysms generally do not produce any symptoms unless they rupture. Large ones, however, may exert pressure on nearby nerves and tissues causing symptoms like numbness, weakness, paralysis, etc.

When an aneurysm ruptures, the person will experience a sudden and extremely severe headache and even vomiting and seizures, before losing consciousness. The resulting haemorrhage causes brain damage, leading to coma and even death.

Getting vaccinated does not increase your risk of developing brain aneurysms, but these risk factors will:

  • genetic predisposition, like connective tissue disorders, polycystic kidney disease, history of aneurysm in close family members
  • untreated hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • cigarette smoking
  • drug abuse, especially cocaine or amphetamines (because they raise blood pressure)
  • intravenous drug abuse, which causes infectious mycotic aneurysms
  • age over 40

As you can tell, Tom Sizemore definitely has two or more of those risk factors!

Fact #5 : Aneurysm is Not A Vaccine Side Effect

The claim that aneurysm is in the list of vaccine side effects is nonsense and based on the (intentional?) misunderstanding of the Adverse Events of Special interest (AESI) list.

The AESI list is not a list of vaccine side effects. It’s a list of mostly non-specific adverse events that are monitored post-vaccination, and includes COVID-19 and other infections, as well as:

  • manufacturing and lab test issues like “Manufacturing laboratory analytical testing issue, Manufacturing materials issue, Manufacturing production issue“.
  • product supply issues like “Product availability issue, Product distribution issue, Product supply issue“.

They are obviously not vaccine side effects, nor related in any way to the performance or safety of the vaccine.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Prevent Other Illnesses

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to protect us against severe illness and death from COVID-19, by teaching our own immune system how to create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They, however, cannot protect us against other causes of death, whether it’s pneumonia, cardiac arrest or even other viruses. Hence, fully-vaccinated people can and will suffer from other illnesses.

Even assuming Tom Sizemore was fully-vaccinated, it is ludicrous for anti-vaccination activists to blame his ruptured aneurysm on the vaccine. Did they really expect the COVID-19 vaccine to be an elixir of immortality? Please grow up.

Fact #7 : Claims Of Celebrities Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

So far, claims of sudden deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false sudden death claims!

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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Bruce Willis : Was Frontotemporal Dementia From Vaccine?!

Did Hollywood legend Bruce Willis get his frontotemporal dementia (FTD) from the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Bruce Willis Got Frontotemporal Dementia From Vaccine!

After news broke that Bruce Willis was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), people immediately claimed that the legendary Hollywood actor got it from the COVID-19 vaccine!

UPDATES 🚨 Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with untreatable dementia

Damn the Experimental Vaccine claims another one

20% probability this was inevitable. 80% probability this was the Covid jab!!

#F’n terrible! Another great human suffering!

Bruce Willis is vaccine injured.

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Truth : Bruce Willis Did NOT Get Frontotemporal Dementia From Vaccine!

It’s now tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Frontotemporal Dementia Was Diagnosis For Bruce Willis’ Aphasia

First, let us establish some basic facts about Bruce Willis, his earlier diagnosis of aphasia, and the new diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

On March 2022, the Willis family announced that Bruce Willis was retiring after being diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is not a disease, but a symptom of damage to the part of the brain that handles speech and language.

It was only later that the cause of that aphasia was finally determined – frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

His family announced the diagnosis on February 16, 2023, through a statement on the website of The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).

As a family, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the outpouring of love and compassion for Bruce over the past ten months. Your generosity of spirit has been overwhelming, and we are tremendously grateful for it. For your kindness, and because we know you love Bruce as much as we do, we wanted to give you an update.

So let me be clear – Bruce Willis did not get diagnosed with two diseases. He suffered from aphasia (a symptom), and was later diagnosed with the actual cause – frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

This new diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia dismisses the earlier claims that his aphasia was somehow caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #2 : FTD Is Caused By Progressive Loss Of Brain Cells

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), also known as Pick’s disease, is caused by clumps of abnormal tau or TDP43 proteins forming inside brain cells.

Because these abnormal proteins mainly build up in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, they damage the nerve cells there, leading to symptoms like:

  • personality and behaviour changes
  • language problems (like aphasia)
  • degradation of memory and mental acuity

Frontotemporal dementia develops slowly, and takes years to become noticeable. However, it is incurable and the symptoms progressively worsens over 2 to 20 years.

FTD affects younger people than Alzheimer’s disease, and exhibits different symptoms as it affects a different part of the brain.

Read more : Did Bruce Willis Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Fact #3 : Willis Had Cognitive Issues Long Before COVID-19 Vaccines!

Directors, producers and actors who worked with him, Bruce Willis, have come out to say that they noticed his cognitive issues since at least June 2020 – long before COVID-19 vaccines were approved, or made available.

During the production of the movie, Out of Death, director Mike Burns relayed instructions to his screenwriter to cut “about 5 pages” off Willis’ script in a June 2020 email, and realised why when he met Willis for the first time.

I could see it firsthand and I realized that there was a bigger issue at stake here and why I had been asked to shorten his lines.

Fact #4 : Willis Had Cognitive Issues Long Before COVID-19 Pandemic!

Producer and writer, Joe Russo also stated that Bruce Willis had been suffering quietly (from aphasia) for years, including during the filming of his movie, Hard Kill, which was in production SIX WEEKS before the pandemic.

In fact, Bruce was already suffering from cognitive issues as far back as the movie, Glass – which was filmed from 2017-2018.

Bruce seemed a little confused at times and needed a little more help with his lines. This was the first time that I had heard anything about his health.

At that point it seemed that he was a little off. We thought it could be anything from aging to maybe even being a little drunk — common mistakes that people make when seeing the first signs of anything like dementia — to just not wanting to be there.

In reflection, Bruce may have been struggling with all of this back then.

As frontotemporal dementia develops over years, the degeneration of Bruce Willis’ brain likely started years earlier, and was only noticeable in recent years, long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and long before the COVID-19 vaccines were approved!

Read more : Was Bruce Willis Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Fact #5 : Frontotemporal Dementia Has Genetic Link

Frontotemporal dementia often has a genetic link. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, FTD is inherited in about a third of all cases.

The only known risk factors for developing frontotemporal dementia is a family history, or a similar disorder.

Fact #6 : Unknown If Bruce Willis Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It is currently unknown if Bruce Willis was vaccinated against COVID-19, as he has never publicly mentioned his vaccination status.

It is likely (but not confirmed) that he is vaccinated, because he had been extremely prolific during the COVID-19 pandemic, participating in 15 films since 2021.

There is no vaccine mandate for actors, but producers can mandate vaccinations as a condition for participating in their movies.

As acting in at least some of these movies may require him to be fully-vaccinated, he was likely fully-vaccinated since early 2021.

That said, until and unless his family reveals his COVID-19 vaccination status, anyone who claims that Bruce Willis received the COVID-19 vaccine is likely lying to you.

Fact #7 : Claims Of Celebrities Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

So far, claims of sudden deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false sudden death claims!

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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Don’t forget to protect yourself, and your family, by vaccinating against COVID-19!

 

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