Betty White, a beloved TV personality, comedian, and animal lover, died of natural causes on December 31 at the age of 99. Her lengthy career and talent were so widely admired that there was an outpouring of mourning from all corners of the globe, and many people believed she died too soon, only weeks before reaching 100.
Unfortunately, some people chose to use her death to disseminate vaccine-related misinformation. Following White’s death, a tweet went viral on social media saying that on December 28, she remarked, “Eat healthily and get all your immunizations.” “I was recently enhanced.” The post attempts to link her death to the claimed booster injection; however, the quotation used is false.
Anti-vaxxers known for spreading false information, it is distressing but not surprising that their battle against COVID-19 vaccinations has tarnished White’s death. Furthermore, the “Eating Healthy” section is an affront to her memory, as White reportedly said that her long life was due to hot dogs and vodka. “Betty died quietly at home in her sleep. People are claiming that her death caused by a booster injection she received three days prior, but this is not the case “Jeff Witjas, her agent and friend, told Yahoo Entertainment.”She died because of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized since that was not her life.”
Again, no medical intervention is without danger, but vaccinations have shown to be far safer than infection with COVID-19. Over the previous two years, about 5.5 million individuals have died because of COVID-19, and many more are living with long-term effects because of possessing it. Researchers may have found an underlying mechanism that causes protracted COVID, a lingering illness that causes cognitive fog, breathing issues, and other symptoms in certain people after exposure to COVID-19.
The study, which published in The Public Library of Science ONE (PLOS 1), suggests that weeks after infection, an autoantibody is produced that disturbs the immune system’s control, resulting in immune protein overactivation and inflammation. If the researchers are successful in confirming their findings and establishing a link to lengthy COVID, the antibody might be a viable therapeutic target.