Mara Venier and the illness due to the vaccine: the buffalo of the week
Now the game, as they say, is showing the rope.
And it is a bit cloying to have to realize that, as soon as a public figure gets some visibility for a news concerning their health, there are those who do not waste time. And the news spreads online that that indisposition, whether small or large, is due to the vaccination against Covid.
There is no respect even for death. Some have had the courage to say that the recent death of Giampiero Galeazzi, who has been ill for some time, is also due to vaccination. Galeazzi who, moreover, was often a television partner, as well as a friend, of Mara Venier.
To return to less dramatic events and even closer to us in time, here is that the conspiracy theorists no vax made them an accident that happened to Mara Venier during the episode of Domenica In last 21 November.
Let’s see how the no vax reinterpreted the news, and what actually happened.
Then let’s find out how the studies that aim to analyze the spread of buffaloes linked to Covid and, more recently, to the vaccination campaign are continuing.
Mara Venier’s illness caused by the vaccine: the buffalo
The time to see a bump appear on Mara Venier’s forehead after the fall on Domenica In, and the no vax are ready to sentence.
A few hours after the television incident of Sunday 21 November, in fact, the fake news spread on social networks (in the usual way: extreme speed and no desire to check the truthfulness of the news), according to which the host, freshly vaccinated, allegedly felt ill.
What really happened
Let’s start from the fact that there is no connection between what happened to Mara Venier and vaccination. Indeed, it does not appear that the presenter has recently been vaccinated.
More simply, in one of the commercial intervals of the Sunday In episode of November 21st, Mara Venier fell. A blow that was not serious but rather unpleasant, which gave her a sprained ankle and a conspicuous blemish on the forehead. After a few minutes, the presenter returned to the studio with a bag of ice pressed on her head. She conducted an interview with Memo Remigi but, not feeling well about her fall, she decided to stop the broadcast early. “A very strong blow, taken in the face, and with glasses,” she told her live to the audience.
So much fear, then, and nothing more. After a few hours, then, Mara Venier posted a close-up of her bump on Instagram, with the caption: “Thank you all for the messages … it could have been worse … I’m fine”.
Mara Venier and the August buffalo
Mara Venier andra already been in the sights of no vax last August. What happened then?
The conductor, after an operation for a dental implant, was injured a nerve, which resulted in a facial hemiparesis. Needless to add, the no vaxes, regardless of the fact that Venier herself had publicly explained the cause of her paralysis, blamed the vaccine.
In that case Mara Venier herself had denounced the doctor who first spread the unfounded news.
Mara Venier, Paolo Bonolis and the no vax
Also in August a similar fate had fallen to Paolo Bonolis.
There the no vaxes had really given ground to the wildest imagination. They had in fact fished out the photo of a Bonolis hospitalization in 2014, updating it and claiming that the showman would have been hospitalized after being vaccinated. The tactic is clear: outdated content is recycled, in the hope that it has escaped the memory (often overloaded with data) of Internet users.
We suspect it is no coincidence that Mara Venier and Paolo Bonolis, in those weeks, were among the protagonists of a Rai advertising campaign in favor of vaccination.
Fake news and vaccines: a recent study
In the meantime, the initiatives against the spread of fake news at the time of the pandemic continue.
And studies are multiplying that investigate the reasons why the Coronavirus hoaxes take root more easily and quickly.
The latest of these researches in chronological order is that of the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research in Milan, published in the journal Ricerca & Pratica.
In summary, the study analyzed 104 YouTube videos, of which 57% in favor of vaccinations, 17% against and 26% neutral. They are videos published mostly by news and press agencies, but also by institutional sources, health professionals and private users.
Well: the videos generated by private users have obtained a greater diffusion and levels of engagement than those produced and disseminated by the institutions. Same thing for the videos opposing vaccines and vaccinations, which got more visibility and more reactions than the pro vaccine videos.
Therefore, users without a solid scientific basis are more happy to follow artisanal videos which, as unfortunately it is fashionable to say today, “speak to the stomach”.
The Mario Negri Institute proposes two ways to solve the problem: increase trust in institutions. And communicate science more simply and clearly.