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Truth or Fake: Are PCR test swabs carcinogenic?

Are PCR test swabs carcinogenic?
Are PCR test swabs carcinogenic? © Observers

Since the beginning of the health crisis, a lot of fake news about Covid-19 has emerged on social media. On Telegram, a video of a man has gone viral: He claims that the swabs used for PCR tests in the UK are carcinogenic. Truth or Fake?

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We already knew about the fruits that tested positive to Covid-19 and swabs that were allegedly "alive".

For this episode of Truth or Fake, Catherine Bennett from FRANCE 24 Observers got out his chemistry books to verify a claim seen more than 250,000 times on Telegram. According to the man in the video, the PCR self-tests available in the UK contain a dangerous carcinogenic (ie potentially cause cancer) substance. As you'll see, the answer is more complex than it seems.

For more episodes of Truth or Fake by FRANCE 24 Observers, click here.