No, getting a Covid-19 vaccine doesn’t mean you can connect to Bluetooth

Kate Plummer
Tuesday 25 May 2021 14:01
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Right, here we go again. What can the coronavirus vaccine do now? Make you connect to Bluetooth? Well that sounds potentially useful if anything – but no. No, it does not.

The eminently patient fact checkers Full Fact have been forced to intervene once again after a Facebook post that claimed the vaccine allows you to connect to Bluetooth and see other vaccinated people in the area went viral.

Writing in a blog through – we’re sure – gritted teeth, they said: “There is nothing in the vaccine that could possibly have anything to do with Bluetooth. The vaccines are made up of a number of chemicals, and don’t contain anything capable of transmitting short distance radio waves, which is what Bluetooth is. The vaccines don’t contain microchips, or anything of the sort.”

They added that the list of “available devices” the post showed could have been laptops, phones, or anything else that actually does connect to Bluetooth.

It comes mere days after a TikTok trend showed sweaty people pretending the site of their jab had become magnetic, when of course it hadn’t.

Full Fact said at the time: “It’s much more likely that the videos are showing adhesion of the magnet to the skin, thanks partly to moisture on the skin’s surface and the fact that the magnet is small and light. This effect is similar to how it’s possible to “stick” a coin to your forehead or balance a spoon on your nose.”

The overworked bunch have also tried to stop people ‘testing’ oranges, kiwi fruit and coca cola after people claimed they were positive and the NHS even took to TikTok to dissuade someone who decided to smear hand sanitiser on it – wasting the test and the disinfectant in one fell swoop.

Reacting to Full Fact’s latest intervention, people on social media were shocked that they needed to debunk it:

So there you have it, the coronavirus vaccine won’t make you connect to Spotify directly through your ears.

A shame, really.

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