Did college basketball player Imo Essien collapse from vaccine SADS at just 18 years of age?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim: Basketball Player Imo Essien Collapsed From Vaccine SADS!
A video of college basketball player, Imo Essien, apparently collapsing during a game has gone viral, with anti-vaccination activists claiming it as evidence that he is another victim of COVID-19 vaccine sudden adult death syndrome (SADS)!
Here are some examples on social media:
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Old Dominion sophomore Imo Essien collapses for unknown reasons at today’s game vs Georgia Southern
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) January 8, 2023
But Evidence Imo Essien Collapsed From Vaccine SADS!
It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all athlete deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1: Imo Essien Did Not Lose Consciousness
Despite suggestions that Imo Essien suddenly collapsed like Damar Hamlinhe did not lose consciousness at all.
Imo Essien – an Old Dominion point guard – was on defense, when he suddenly stopped and sat down on the court, before slowly lying down on his side. He appeared to be in considerable pain.
Medical personnel from both teams rushed to attend to him. After a few moments, they helped Essien get on his feet, and he walked off the court with their help.
He never lost consciousness, and was responsive throughout the incident accordingly to his team. In fact, he sat down on the bench for the rest of the game, and traveled back to Norfolk with his team!
Fact #2: Imo Essien Will Be Examined By A Cardiologist
Old Dominium Monarchs head coach, Jeff Jones, later revealed that Imo Essien had trouble catching his breath during the game, and was able to return to breathing normally before returning to the bench for the rest of the game.
He revealed that Essien’s vital signs were normal, and confirmed that the sophomore never lost consciousness. He also said that Imo Essien underwent a COVID-19 test after the incident, which came back negative.
He shared that Imo Essien was held out of practice with a non-COVID illness early last week, but recovered and had a “great” practice on Wednesday before the match.
Imo Essien was kept out of practice again on Monday, January 9, in order to meet with a cardiologist to undergo tests and examinations, to determine his next steps in a path to return.
Note that this does not mean that Imo Essien had a cardiac arrest like Damar Hamlin. Only the cardiologist can determine what happened that day after examining and running tests on him.
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Fact #3: Unknown If Imo Essien Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Despite claims that he was “forced” to get vaccinated, it is currently unknown if Imo Essien was ever vaccinated against COVID-19.
Imo Essien is a sophomore (second year) student at the Old Dominion University, which had a vaccine mandate for students. However, that vaccine mandate was lifted on January 31, 2022.
Therefore, it is possible that Imo Essien, who would have been a freshman then, may not have been vaccinated as it was no longer a requirement.
That said, over 97% of Old Dominion students were fully vaccinated before the mandate was lifted, with 99.7% of students staying on campus fully vaccinated.
However, until and unless we know that Imo Essien was ever vaccinated against COVID-19, it is wrong for anyone to blame his “collapse” on the COVID-19 vaccines.
Fact #5: Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days
Even if Imo Essien was fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, it is impossible for the COVID-19 vaccine to cause his “collapse” as he would have received his doses at least 12 months ago!
He cannot possibly be suffering from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not months later.
Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.
The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.
Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.
Fact #6: Claims Of Athletes Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False
This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing athlete deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.
So far, claims of athlete deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.
Will these anti-vaccination activists apologize for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next athlete tragedy…
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