In a new bizarre trend, people on TikTok that have not received the Covid-19 vaccine want to be referred to as ‘pure bloods’.

‘Unvaccinated’ people on the video-sharing app have started a strange trend where they share videos of themselves declaring that they no longer want to be referred to as unvaccinated but instead ‘pure blood’.

It is not clear where the trend comes from but it has been causing quite a stir online, with people wondering whether the people in the videos are serious.

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The term ’pure blood’ might sound familiar to Harry Potter fans as it was used to describe families of wizards that had no muggles (humans) in their family tree, throughout the series.

It also has links to Adolf Hitler, one of the world’s most evil dictators, who used it in his quest for what he called ‘blood purity’.

The short videos follow a similar theme with the song ‘Sunset original’ playing in the background while the TikTok user looks away from the camera with the following words or similar written on the screen, “Instead of going by the ‘unvaccinated’, we will now go by…”

The text soon changes to “The pure bloods” as they look towards the camera.

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People that have seen these videos have been left questioning the seriousness of the videos while others expressed their disappointment with the trend.

One user wrote, “Funny thing is, most of the pure bloods from Harry Potter were selfish and did only things that benefitted them. Crazy similarity to the Covid pure blood.”

Another added, “That doesn’t sound white-supremisty at all.”

@pb_lyndsey00marieJust my thoughts…. ##harrypotter ##pureblood ##36SecondsOfLightWork ##unvaccinated ##covid19 ##foryou♬ Sweet Dreams – PuppetMaster

@shelbylynnloftis#pure #blood #unmarked #clotshot #nottoday♬ sunet original – v.ira

Here are some Covid-19 facts you need to know:

What is COVID-19?

Human Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. There are many different coronaviruses identified in animals but only a small number of these can cause disease in humans.

On 7 January 2020, ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ or COVID-19. The majority of the case-patients initially identified were dealers and vendors at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in China. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

How is it transmitted?

While the first cases probably involved exposure to an animal source, the virus now seems to be spreading from person-to-person.

The spread of the disease is thought to happen mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Thus far, the majority of cases have occurred in people with close physical contact to cases and healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever.

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

How can you prevent infection?

The following can provide protection against infection from Coronaviruses and many other viruses that are more common in South Africa:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep a distance from others at home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Source: The Department of Health