Many photos and videos of people sticking metallic objects like coins, spoons, and other things can be seen floating on social media platforms.
One such video that went viral for the same reason is a Nashik resident claiming that he developed magnetic properties after taking the 2nd dose of the Covi-shield vaccine.
Several news channels covered the story as the video went viral and used it as insulin for their TRP. According to news channels, the man in the viral video Arvind Sona had claimed that he developed the magnetic powers after taking the second Covi-shield dose.
Other social media pages, meme pages, and anti-vaccination groups picked up the story and made it highly viral for their respective purposes.
Recently, the Quint went to the very source of the story to check whether there is any truth.
When talking to the Quint team, the Arvind family said they never claimed that the vaccine developed magnetic properties in Arvind Sonar.
Arvind himself said, “Some media platforms twisted the facts and put out wrong information to gain TRP. Please don’t believe in those media reports. ”
According to Jayant Sonar, Arvind Sonar’s son, “no one else in the family is experiencing anything like this. My parents have taken the complete course of the COVID-19 vaccine, but only my father is facing this problem.
It is not linked to the vaccine because the vaccine must be there in the entire body, but the objects are only sticking to his upper body.”
Doctors also dismissed these claims
According to Dr. Bapusaheb Nagargoje, the Medical Officer at Nashik Municipal Corporation, “Vaccination does not cause something like this. We have been vaccinating kids for a very long time, and now we have started Covid-19 Vaccination since January.”
Scientifically speaking, the vaccine doesn’t cause something like this.” He added.
Dr. Jacob T John, an eminent Virologist, said there was no ingredient in the vaccine that could make a person magnetic.
However, he said that if the observations in the video are valid, they need to be investigated by a physicist.
According to Dr. Satyajit Rath, an Immunologist at an adjunct faculty at ISAF Pune also agreed with Dr. Jacob and said, “No, as far as I know, there are no ingredients in any Covid-19 ingredients in any Covid-19(or any other) vaccines that could be ‘magnetic’, nor do I think that vaccines, Covid-19-specific or otherwise, can cause anyone to have ‘magnetic powers’ that is claimed in the video.”
According to our Covi-shield fact sheet, it doesn’t contain any metal-based ingredients.
Dr. Aniket Sudai, an Associate Professor at Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, said, “First of all, we should know that no food intake or injection can make somebody suddenly turn magnetic.
There’s no scientific process which can explain such a phenomenon.”
“You should also observe that this gentleman is using spoons, utensils or coins that are all made up of stainless steel which itself isn’t magnetic, you can check this by taking a real magnet near to the one rupee or 2 rupee coin and see if it’s attracted to the magnet.”
Now the question arises: why’s it happening?
Dr. Aniket answered this question by saying, “If you take any stainless steel object and press it against the skin, it sticks to our skin if either of the surfaces is bit moist, so if you are sweating or if you have washed those utensils and they are not properly dried then they will easily stick.”