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There Is No Proven Link Between RHS and COVID-19 Vaccines

Khadija Boufous Khadija Boufous
22nd June 2022
There Is No Proven Link Between RHS and COVID-19 Vaccines
A study found no definitive link between RHS and the COVID-19 vaccine (Twitter).

The Claim

Justin Bieber's Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS) was caused by the COVID-19 vaccines.

Emerging story

Following Justin Bieber's diagnosis with the RHS neurological disorder, social media users widely circulated posts claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines cause Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS).

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar has investigated the claim and found it to be fake. 

On June 10, Canadian singer Justin Bieber posted a video on his Instagram account informing his followers that his concerts had been canceled due to his diagnosis with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS).

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The Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

The Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (herpes zoster oticus) occurs when an outbreak of chickenpox affects a facial nerve near one ear. Ramsay Hunt syndrome can also result in facial paralysis and loss of hearing in the affected ear.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus reactivating in the body, the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus remains in your nerves even after the chickenpox has healed. It may also reactivate years later.

RHS can affect anyone who has had chickenpox. It is also common in older adults and can be dangerous for those who have immune system issues. It is not, however, contagious. Complications of RHS may include permanent hearing loss, facial weakness, eye damage, and postherpetic neuralgia.

RHS Following the COVID-19 Vaccine

A group of scientists studied the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. There have been a few case reports of people developing RHS after receiving their vaccine. However, the researchers did not provide conclusive evidence that this disorder was caused by the vaccine.

Many other studies have found a statistically significant increase in herpes zoster, caused by the varicella-zoster virus, following the COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, other studies found no evidence of a link between COVID-19 vaccination and a new HZ diagnosis.

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