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Gossip Columnist's Baseless Anti-Vax Conspiracy Regarding Jamie Foxx Debunked

Foxx’s camp has remained largely silent about the details of his recent hospitalization. That hasn’t stopped some from speculating wildly.

By M. A. AlamPublished 12 months ago 2 min read
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Jamie Foxx, the renowned actor, recently experienced a medical emergency that led to hospitalization. However, a gossip columnist made unsubstantiated claims on Dr. Drew's online talk show, linking Foxx's health scare to the COVID-19 vaccine he allegedly had to take. Despite the lack of evidence, conspiracy theorists quickly spread these rumors, causing unnecessary concern. This article aims to address and debunk these unfounded allegations while emphasizing the importance of relying on credible information.

Jamie Foxx's hospitalization on April 11, his family referred to it as a "medical complication," remaining mostly silent about the specifics. In mid-May, Foxx's daughter released a statement indicating that he had been out of the hospital for weeks and was actively engaged in recreational activities. However, this information vacuum created an opportunity for conspiracy theorists to speculate about Foxx's condition, especially considering reports of unusual behavior prior to his hospitalization, including an alleged "meltdown" on the set of a Netflix film.

During an appearance on Dr. Drew's show, A.J. Benza, a former gossip columnist, made sensational claims without any credible evidence. Benza alleged that Foxx developed a blood clot in his brain after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, resulting in partial paralysis and blindness. He baselessly insinuated that Foxx was coerced into getting the vaccine due to pressures related to his film project. Right-wing figures and social media users quickly amplified these unfounded claims, using them to fuel their anti-vaccine agendas.

It is crucial to emphasize that there is currently no evidence supporting a causal link between COVID-19 vaccines and the risk of stroke. A comprehensive nationwide study conducted earlier this year, involving over 4.1 million people, found no increased risk of stroke one month after vaccination, regardless of the vaccine type. Another study from 2022 revealed that the prevalence of stroke among vaccinated patients was similar to that of the general population. Additionally, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not identified a significant clinical risk associated with Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine.

While it remains unclear whether Jamie Foxx suffered a stroke, his family was observed visiting him at a Chicago-based rehabilitation facility specializing in stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and cancer recovery. However, it is important to note that visiting such a facility does not confirm the specific nature of Foxx's medical condition. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson briefly mentioned hearing about Foxx's potential stroke during a podcast but swiftly retracted his statement, claiming he had no factual knowledge.In the era of widespread misinformation, it is crucial to rely on credible sources for accurate information about health matters. Baseless conspiracies, like the one propagated by the gossip columnist, only serve to sow fear and confusion among the public. The CDC, FDA, and various scientific studies affirm the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, highlighting their minimal risk of adverse events.

The unfounded claims made by a gossip columnist regarding Jamie Foxx's health scare and its supposed link to the COVID-19 vaccine are without merit. Conspiracy theories should not overshadow the vast scientific consensus that supports the safety and efficacy of vaccines. It is essential to rely on credible sources and scientific evidence when seeking information, particularly when it comes to public health matters.

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