Fact check: Videos of people collapsing have no connection to COVID-19 vaccines

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  • 2023-02-02 23:41:15Z

The claim: Post implies video shows people collapsing after COVID vaccine

A widely viewed Facebook post shows a TikTok video in which a man comments on a series of clips of people fainting or collapsing.

"Why are people 'dropping' suddenly?" reads the video's caption in the Jan. 28 post (direct link, archive link).

The man in the video, which was viewed nearly 2 million times in less than a week, says:

Commenters connected the fainting incidents with the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Oddly this started happening in the past 2 years," said one commenter.

"Coincidentally when everyone got the jab," replied another.

Our rating: Missing context

The implied claim here is wrong. Four of the six clips in the montage were circulating online before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the other two involved people who had not yet been vaccinated.

Most clips in video are from before the COVID-19 pandemic

The video attempts to connect the collapses to the COVID-19 vaccine, but four of the six clips predate both the vaccine and COVID-19 itself. They show:

Neither of the remaining clips involved someone who had received a COVID-19 vaccination.

One clip, uploaded to YouTube in July 2020, shows a man collapsing in Britain while talking to then-Prince Charles. However, the vaccine wasn't approved in that country until December of that year, after the video was already online.

The other clip shows a Danish health official fainting in 2021. However, the Danish Medicines Agency told the Associated Press and a Danish fact-checking publication that the official had not received the vaccine when the incident occurred.

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While the COVID-19 vaccine can, in rare cases, cause cardiac problems, USA TODAY has previously debunked false claims that tie the vaccine to specific athletes' injuries and deaths.

Heart attack deaths have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers at Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai. The researchers believe these deaths are attributable to COVID-19 infection because surges in deaths have been correlated with surges of infection in the population.

The video was also debunked by Lead Stories and Politifact.

USA TODAY reached out to the social media user who shared the post for comment.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Collapses in video have no tie to COVID-19 vaccines


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