Recently, another dubious sensational claim has been making the rounds: that a CDC study confirmed that men who get the COVID-19 vaccine will see a staggering 24-year reduction in their life expectancy. But is there any truth to this?
Let's dive into the science and set the record straight.
The Origin of the Claim
The claim first appeared in a post by The People's Voice last week. The article, titled "CDC Study Confirms COVID Jab Lowers Male Life Expectancy By 24 Years," suggested that an "official" study had found that men receiving the COVID vaccine would face a significant decrease in life expectancy.
This assertion, the article claimed, was based on an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the UK government, focusing on the long-term effects of mRNA vaccines.
The Misinterpretation of Data
Dr. Nabin Shrestha, an infectious disease expert and one of the researchers behind the study cited by The People's Voice, clarified that many of the claims made in the article were "clearly misleading."
For instance, Dr. Shrestha pointed out that the claim that "The study also found that the human body cannot recover from any amount of mRNA injections" is baseless, especially given that mRNA vaccines haven't been around long enough for such comprehensive studies.
Moreover, the actual research did not make any such assertions about life expectancy. The study, titled "Effectiveness of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Bivalent Vaccine," found that the bivalent vaccine might be less effective against newer strains of the virus. But it did not indicate the vaccine damages the immune system or has any long-term negative effects on life expectancy at all.
As for the so-called CDC study? No, it didn't even exist. The People's Voice article simply made up such a study and did not provide a link to the original study source, well, because the source was only in their imagination.
The misleading articles making these claims seem to have purposefully misrepresented Shrestha's actual research. Josh Stirling, an insurance research analyst cited in those articles, has previously made unfounded claims about COVID vaccinations. For instance, his prior analyses of the CDC and the UK's Office of National Statistics data showing that COVID-19 vaccines caused 600,000 deaths were not endorsed or conducted by either health agency.
While it's always essential to stay informed and ask questions about our health, it's equally crucial to rely on accurate, scientific sources. Misinformation can spread fear and prevent people from making informed decisions.