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Covid-19: no, vaccines do not make vaccinated people magnetic

Contrary to what some say on social media, Covid-19 vaccines do not contain substances that turn the skin into a magnet, many doctors and physicists say.

“Look, look at my phone …” Videos are proliferating on social media where users claim that they received an injection, a “chip” or a product that turns them into a magnet during the Covid-19 vaccination. In these episodes, we usually see a person placing a phone or magnetic object on their hand, claiming that it is sticking to that part of their body.

First, it is impossible to make sure that people who shoot themselves are vaccinated. Many doctors and physicists also recalled that vaccines do not contain products that allow the magnet to react.

Dr. Thomas Hope, professor of cell biology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told Agence France-Presse (AFP): “It’s not possible. There is nothing (in vaccines, editor’s note) that the magnet can interact with, these are proteins and lipids, salts, water, and chemicals that maintain pH. That’s all, so it’s impossible. “

“Big enough” piece of metal

According to Thomas Hope, even if the serum contained traces of a metallic substance, “it would be necessary to put a piece of metal under the skin large enough for the fridge magnets to stick.” According to him, this is impossible.

This position is shared by Eric Palm, physicist director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at the University of Florida. He explained to the BBC that the needles used to vaccinate were “very small”, “less than a millimeter in diameter.” If a person had introduced an “extremely magnetic” particle, it would be “so small that it would not allow the magnet to get stuck on the skin.”

“To hang the magnet, you need a large enough piece of metal in the front. So that we can see him and he can’t get through the syringe, ”said Julien Bobroff, a physicist and professor at the University of Paris-Saclay near France 24.

Moreover, if, as some think, the chip is injected at the same time as the vaccine, creating an effect of magnetism, Julien Bobroff explained that this was not possible with our colleagues: “A magnet that clings to any magnetic material. The chip is not magnetic. You can take any device with a chip around you, if I put a magnet on it, it will break his face. “

Humorous video

Physicist Eric Palm spoke in detail about the fact that he was holding some object on his hand: this is oily skin, the remnants of glue on the bandage applied after vaccination, or the fact that people could use oily substances. on them.

Last month, Tik Tok user Emilaay 442 apologized for posting a humorous video in which she pretends to have a magnet sticking to her arm after being vaccinated. In fact, she licked it before applying it to her skin.

“I tried to show how rumors and false information are growing on social networks,” she explained in the footage. “Get vaccinated or not, but please, whatever you do, stop believing what you see on Tik Tok, Facebook or Youtube,” she warned.

Clement Butin BFMTV reporter

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