Is COVID-19 Vaccine Really Magnetic?
A strange and unproven new conspiracy theory concerning the COVID-19 vaccine affirms that one potential side effect of the jab is making you magnetic either throughout the body or at the injection site on your arm.
Reuters, an international news organization, stated that the absurd story has lately been shared by people on social media, especially TikTok, implying that magnetic objects stick to their vaccine-injected arm. At an Ohio state government meeting, anti-vaccine health care workers testifying also referenced the claim – as one who gave a demonstration failed, reported by The Daily Beast.
Do you want to guess what doctors have to say about this one? The exact word was “Ridiculous,” Paul Offit, M.D., professor of pediatrics in the division of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and director of the Vaccine Education Center, tells SELF.
“I mean, what can you say? It’s not true. I’m not sure what the genesis of this particular [myth] is. But I’d like to think no one has chosen not to get a vaccine because they’re afraid they’re going to be magnetic.”
Where did the idea that a COVID shot would make a magnet stick to your arm came up?
It’s difficult to tell for sure where it started, but as mentioned above, the magnet concept took off on TikTok, with TikTokers “proving” and exposing that this is a matter.
It appears as though somebody sees this as “evidence” that the COVID-19 vaccine somehow operated as a way to microchip receivers. But, time and again, this claim has been denied.
The New York Times particularly took the false claim, quoting the actual ingredients in Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine. It didn’t include any components that even minutely inferred the presence of a microchip. The same case goes for Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine, Moderna vaccine, or other vaccines being used in other countries.
Does any Covid Vaccine Comprise Metals?
One of the assertions the people in such viral videos are making is that the Covid-19 vaccines contain metal. However, in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of ingredients, especially for the three Covid vaccines that went under emergency use authorization in the United States, the agency clearly pointed:
“All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals such as iron, nickel, cobalt, lithium, rare earth alloys or any manufactured products such as microelectronics, electrodes, carbon nanotubes, or nanowire semiconductors.”
Although the list stated that all three vaccines contain some form of sodium, including sodium acetate or sodium chloride, one of them comprises potassium chloride. Both sodium and potassium can be metals—well, does that suggest that there’s any metal in there after all?
On this, Naomi Ginsberg, an associate professor of chemistry and physics at UC Berkeley, wrote, No!
She wrote an email to WIRED, stating,
“Potassium and Sodium are only metallic in solid form, but they are not solid as additives in the injected solution”.
“The individual ions are dispersed in the solution, a liquid composed of mostly water and sparse, individual potassium and sodium ions, in addition to the active components of the vaccine. The ions in this solution are basically like dissolved salts, like are in Gatorade or Pedialyte, which our body needs to work properly but which get depleted during exercise.”
Besides that, neither sodium nor potassium is ferromagnetic. So it couldn’t cause a magnetic interaction with everyday objects.
What are doctors saying about this?
Well, they’re not fascinated for sure.
Amesh A. Adalja, MD, who is an infectious disease expert and also a scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (senior), told Health,
“This is stupid. This is completely made up,”
“There is no new magnetic capacity conferred by being vaccinated.”
Even the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) marks the whole magnetization thing explicitly on its website under “Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines,” explaining, “receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination, which is usually your arm.”
CDC further emphasized that the COVID-19 vaccines do not carry any such ingredients that can create an electromagnetic field at the section of your shot, remarking that all COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals like nickel, iron, lithium, cobalt, and rare earth alloys, as well as any made products such as electrodes, microelectronics, nanowire semiconductors, and carbon nanotubes.
The CDC also includes this:
“In addition, the typical dose for a COVID-19 vaccine is less than a milliliter, which is not enough to allow magnets to be attracted to your vaccination site even if the vaccine was filled with a magnetic metal.”
So then how do People show it in Videos?
Of course, these videos are of people with a spoon on their heads trying to indicate that they are magnetic. But they are not. This is a fact that our sweat makes us a little sticky hence you can get an object—metal or not—to stick to the human skin without much effort. (Some of us are stickier) A broad, flat thing with a larger contact area beside the skin will be more prone to stick. Yet, no magnets are included.
So, if by any chance you have believed this false magnetic claim, the blog stated all the answers for you. Hope you are satisfied now.
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