TikTok has been one of the most controversial social media platforms since its launch. From providing a stage to criminals to making charitable trends go viral, TikTok has a good and bad side to everything. And when it comes to vaccinations, things are no different. Around 21.5% of the world or around 2.6B people have received their vaccine doses in the past few months.
Due to the increasing number of vaccinations in each region, conspiracy theories have started cropping up which seem to be quite detrimental to the overall health of the human population. The recently viral Vaccine magnet TikTok challenge is another such conspiracy theory doing the rounds. Here’s all you need to know about it.
What is the Vaccine magnet TikTok trend?
According to the Vaccine magnet TikTok challenge, if you stick something metallic to your skin after getting the vaccine, it will stick to your skin a tiny bit (not true), further pushing the theory that something metallic/microcontroller is inserted into you when getting the vaccine. This is not true, and metal is previously known to stick to human skins under certain weather and skin conditions.
This challenge has been doing quite a few many rounds on TikTok through anti-vax groups, and many experts believe that any kind of faith or doubt introduced by this challenge is going to be highly detrimental to us in our fight against Covid-19 as it evolves and mutates into new variants around the world.
This theory was first perpetuated by Sherri Tenpenny, who is the advisor to the infamous MyPillow CEO, Mike Lindell. Sherri is a self-proclaimed anti-vaxxer who recently presented this trend for the first time during a health committee meeting held by the Ohio State Legislature.
Is it Vaccine magnet TikTok challenge fake or real?
COVID Vaccine Magnet? via @kendratrachsel
Of course not, any kind of misinformation based on homemade theories that can not be called scientific at best should not be trusted. This theory has been publically debunked by many scientists and should not be trusted. Magnetic properties and the slight stickiness of metallic materials to your skin is not a sign of magnetism.
Additionally, vaccinations are our one true weapon against Covid to gain herd immunity. Hence you shouldn’t trust any such theories without proper research. You can always check out WHO’s webpage at this link to stay up to date with the latest information against the fight with COVID-19.
We hope this post helped shed some light on the new Vaccine Magnet TikTok Challenge. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.