RTL Today – Fact Check: Online publications falsely claim Covid-19 shots damage blood cells

Social media posts featuring four microscope slides supposedly showing blood cells before and after the Covid-19 vaccination claim the vaccination is permanent

It’s wrong; Experts told AFP the images showed ill-prepared red blood cell samples unrelated to the Covid-19 inoculation, and said the publications were not scientific.

“THIS EXPERIMENTAL VACCINATION IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY !!!” warns a Facebook post shared since May 1, 2021. Below the caption, four photos show what the author claims to be microscope slides of blood cells.

The cells are perfectly round in the first picture, oval in the second, floating next to a multitude of little white dots in the third, and covered in goosebumps in the fourth.

According to the post, the first image featuring round cells shows “completely healthy cells before vax,” while the third reflects “foreign nanoparticles appearing in your blood!”

“Your body can NEVER get rid of them and these particles will eventually get into every cell in your body,” concludes the author, who claims to have learned this information from “a friend who is a nutrition microscopist.”

It is the last of many false and misleading claims on the blows of Covid-19.

The post itself has been shared 3,300 times, but has inspired others, like this almost identical translation in a French web article, or this one Spanish bulletin board post.

However, the messages are wrong. They do not show blood cells before and after a Covid-19 vaccine and misidentify healthy blood cells in the pictures.

The images show wet preparations of red blood cells (or wet preparation), a method of collection that involves drawing blood and then spreading a drop of it onto a glass slide, before adding another thin glass cover on top. , according to Dan Milner, Chief of Staff at the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

A healthy red blood cell is not perfectly round, as the post suggests, but rather oval, shaped like an oval donut, or biconcave disc, and with a clear center, studies show. The second image in the articles, not the first, is actually the one showing healthy blood cells.

“These images are just garbage. There is no question. He’s just someone who misinterprets what he’s looking at. said Milner, who has been examining malaria smears for 20 years. He rejected the images as an amateur job.

The first and third images show poorly prepared blood samples, Milner said on June 25, 2021. “This is a completely normal result. It has to do with how you prepare the sample. If you have too much water, too little water, the cells will swell or collapse a bit.

According to Milner, the third image shows only a blurry sample, and the white dots represent dirt or dust accumulated on the upper glass slide placed over the sample, and not something around the blood sample itself. even.

“So if you focus on the coverslip, you’ll see schmutz sitting on the coverslip. It’s not what’s in the liquid layer, ”he told AFP.

Milner added that there are currently no red blood cell morphological changes reported in normal Covid-19 infection, highlighting these newspaper studies About that.

All the experts interviewed by AFP stressed the absence of any scientific basis for the conclusions formulated in the Facebook posts.

Chloe James, hematologist at Bordeaux University Hospital in France, told AFP on June 21, 2021 that there is “no link between the vaccine” against Covid-19 and slides, and that healthy blood cells are those of the second image.

Véronique Vergé, doctor and biologist in the biology and medical pathology department of the Gustave Roussy center in France, told AFP on June 21, 2021 that “This is not a scientific article. There is no sign of methodology This suffices to say that these assertions have no value.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in close collaboration monitors any potential side effects of vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States. The European Medicines Agency is at the service of same goal in Europe.

Overall, more than 2.6 billion vaccines against Covid-19 the doses were administered as of June 28, 2021, according to the World Health Organization.

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