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Conspirituality influencers are now turning the laws of epidemiology inside out. It wasn’t enough for them to ignore or contradict public health officials with COVID-denialism dogwhistles. It wasn’t enough to claim that Dr. Fauci or Bill Gates are pursuing a “depopulation agenda” through lockdown measures and vaccine development.
Now conspirituality influencers are turning the vaccine into a virus. They are evidently abandoning the dictum to “refuse to live in fear”, as they express terror of people who are vaccinated. I’ll call this brain-flip “Reverse Contagion Anxiety”.
Below is a panic-sermon from @selfhealingmama, known as “Chloe Angeline” on Instagram. She advertises herself as an entrepreneur in “Conscious Pregnancy+Birth+Motherhood,” and a “Cosmic Doula Through the Portal of Motherhood.”
“I’m here to birth a new earth ,” writes Angeline, whose podcast focuses on becoming your “Highest Self”.
In the video, Angeline presents herself as an heroic truth-teller offering love and validation to women who she says are reporting menstrual abnormalities related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Not from getting vaccinated, but from being close to those who have. Angeline deploys the same logic used by Christiane Northrup two days ago, who falsely claimed that the mRNA vaccines “shed virus” through sweat glands, and suggested that her followers withhold sex from partners who were considering being vaccinated.
As much as Angeline says she’s telling the truth, she also says she is withholding an even darker revelation, referring to a conspiracy going on “behind the scenes” five times in the six-minute video.
Dr. Jennifer Gunter addresses the emerging science on anecdotal reports of post-vaccination menstrual irregularities here. Gunter also debunks Angeline and Northrup’s claim that the vaccine can affect another person’s menstrual cycle or fertility by proxy.
On Instagram, this video now has 357K views.
Angeline’s account ticks all the boxes for “Pastel QAnon”, a term coined by disinformation researcher Marc-André Argentino who writes that it consists of the “community of female influencers initially found on Instagram, but now present across multiple platforms (MeWe, Telegram, Parler, Gab, etc.). Many began as lifestyle bloggers, fitness instructors, diet influencers, esoteric spiritualists or promoters of alternative healing.”
Angeline’s Pastel points are earned with gorgeous interiors, woven dream-catchers, high-end furniture, and tasteful motherhood nudes. The aesthetics conceal a terrifying message.
“Disconnect from the system,” Angeline says, “because I’m telling you there’s something going on behind the scenes that is so much more horrific than we could ever wrap our heads around. I don’t share this to scare you. But I do share it with deep concern for my fellow sisters and soon-to-be hopefully mothers.”
Angeline’s pseudoscience builds on layer upon layer of previous anti-vax claims and panics:
Claim that the mRNA vaccine changes your DNA. It does not.
Claim that the mRNA vaccine is live, and so it can “shed virus”. Wrong. (But if it did shed live virus, the proponent of this believe would have to forget prior denials of minimizations of the virus.)
Claim that the shed virus is secreting from sweat glands and pheromones. Wrong, see #2.
Connect social-media-collected anecdotes — the person is a little nauseous, sweaty, anxious, has a bad period — to being increasingly surrounded by vaccinated people. Do not consider that the symptoms are the psychosomatic effects of cognitive dissonance, or the social isolation of being an anti-vaxxer. It can’t be the stress of the pandemic, either.
Invent an escalation of the “vaccine agenda”: even if you are exercising your right to not be vaccinated, you are still at the mercy of the medical state, and your fellow citizens. There’s no escape. This is where spiritual solutions will be very attractive.
Tie all of it to the hottest-button issue available in women’s wellness spaces: reproductive health. Use a bunch of pseudo-feminist language of choice and “believing women”, as though anti-vax women are being raped by the vaccine miasma.
Takeaway: Angeline’s disinformation is extremely self-isolating and socially polarizing. Vaccine hesitancy is usually framed as a question of how a population relates to the state through public health. With Reverse Contagion Anxiety we’re now talking about horizontal violence between parents — especially women.
For more on how some women are leaving the anti-vax movement, download Ep. 46 of Conspirituality Podcast, where I interview Heather Simpson and Lydia Greene of Back to the Vax.
Watch: Insider answers your questions about the risk of rare but serious blood clots following some COVID-19 vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are under close scrutiny following reports of rare blood clots in people who received them.
AstraZeneca's vaccine has been linked with unusual blood clots that can occur in the brain, called central venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), or in the spleen. EU regulators now list these reactions as a rare, but serious side effect of AstraZeneca's vaccine.
The US hasn't authorized AstraZeneca's vaccine yet, but countries that have approved it are now weighing the small risk of blood clots against the shot's many advantages. The UK has advised people under 30 to seek alternate shots, if available.
AstraZeneca's shot is still highly effective at preventing severe COVID-19. It's also fairly cheap and can be stored at normal fridge temperatures, making it a critical part of the global vaccine rollout.
J&J's vaccine, which uses a similar virus-based technology, is under investigation in the US to see whether it also causes CVST. So far, US regulators have identified at least six CVST cases following the administration of J&J's shot, and the shot's use is paused.
European drug regulators are allowing the use of J&J's shot again, after saying a warning about the risk of rare blood clots should be added to the shot's product information.
J&J's vaccine is a single dose, so it's often easier to administer in rural areas or to vulnerable populations.
On Thursday, April 15, Insider health and science reporters Dr. Catherine Schuster-Bruce and Aria Bendix addressed what's at stake for the pandemic in the wake of blood clot reports. They also answered your burning questions about who is most at risk of clots and whether other vaccines could cause adverse events, too.
Matteson, Tinley Park mass COVID-19 vaccination sites start accepting walk-ins
a group of people standing in front of a building: The Tinley Park Convention Center, where Cook County has set up a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.© Gary Middendorf / Daily Southtow The Tinley Park Convention Center, where Cook County has set up a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.
Two south suburban Cook County mass COVID-19 vaccination sites will accept walk-in appointments starting Wednesday as demand for shots dwindles.
The Matteson and Tinley Park mass vaccination locations are opening up access this week as part of a pilot to see whether removing the barrier of making an appointment online or over the phone will expand the county’s endeavor at getting shots into arms, Cook County Health CEO Israel Rocha Jr. said in a news conference at Provident Hospital.
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The change comes as demand for vaccine, which has been acute in the Chicago area during the first few months of its rollout, has winded down and more of the eligible population in suburban Cook County — about one in two — has gotten at least the first dose, Rocha said. Tuesday’s release of appointments at the county’s mass vaccination sites took a few hours to fill up versus a few minutes, which was how long it took a week earlier, Rocha said.
Cook County Health runs a total of six mass vaccination sites, and if the walk-in pilot proves successful, the county may expand such access at other locations, Rocha said. He added that next on his to-do list is to expand hours at the vaccination sites for people who cannot take time off during the work day.
Check back for updates.
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