Did 20 year-old basketball rising star, Derek Gray, die from vaccine-induced Sudden Adult Death Syndrome?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Derek Gray Died From Vaccine-Induced SADS!
Right after news broke that 20 year-old basketball rising star Derek Gray collapsed during a game and died, people started claiming that his death was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.
No Evidence Derek Gray Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!
It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all athlete deaths or injuries 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… and the current facts that we know so far.
Fact #1 : Derek Gray’s Cause Of Death Is Currently Unknown
Derek Gray collapsed during a game at a basketball camp for kids on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus on July 24, 2022.
His coach, Pat Miller, witnessed his collapse and described it as “a cardiac episode”, although an official cause of death hasn’t been released.
He said that “extensive emergency efforts were made in the gym”, and Derek Gray was transported to MercyHealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, where he passed away.
His death was later confirmed by his team’s official Twitter account – Warhawks Athletics on July 27, 2022.
You will note that they did not mention any cause of death. Derek Gray’s cause of death is currently unknown.
That does not mean he died from “a vaccine injury” or “vaccine side effects”. It means – no one knows why Derek Gray died suddenly, while playing basketball.
Until an autopsy is performed and his family reveals his cause of death, anyone who claims that Derek Gray died of this cause or that cause is lying to you.
Fact #2 : Unknown If Derek Gray Was Vaccinated
It is currently unknown if Derek Gray was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from COVID-19 vaccine side effects.
For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.
Some anti-vaccination activists are sharing screenshots of an article that shows that “About 90% of University of Wisconsin athletes are vaccinated against COVID-19“. This is misinformation, as the article referred to the UW Madison campus, not its Whitewater campus.
UW-Madison did report 90% vaccination rate amongst its athletes in September 2021, but UW-Whitewater only reported a much lower 77% vaccination rate amongst its students in November 2021.
In addition, the University of Wisconsin does not mandate vaccinations for its athletes, so Derek Gray could possibly be unvaccinated.
Fact #3 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days
Even if Derek Gray was vaccinated against COVID-19, he would have received all of his doses many months ago.
He cannot possibly have died 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 #4 : Many Athletes Die Unexpectedly Every Year
What many of us do not realise is that many athletes die unexpectedly every year, and the number has been steadily increasing every year.
This chart from the Maron study shows a progressive rise in sudden death reports of 6% per year, from 1980 to 2006.
In fact, the number of sudden deaths in young and fit athletes more than quadrupled from 1980 to 2006!
This debunks the claim that such a rise in sudden death must be due to the COVID-19 vaccine, which obviously did not exist back then.
Fact #5 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven
Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.
Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.
Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.
Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective
COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.
In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.
Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.
Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!
Fact #7 : Claims Of Athletes Dying From 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.
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Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next athlete tragedy…
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