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• There is no evidence to support the claim that PCR tests for COVID-19 implant a microchip into the people being tested.
• The woman making the claim was unable to explain her fabricated theory, and she has also falsely claimed that COVID-19 testing is a secret blood harvesting operation.
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PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, and refers to a kind of test that checks for the presence of genetic material from a virus or other organism. There is no evidence to support the claim that PCR tests for COVID-19 implant a microchip into the people being tested.
The woman to whom the claim is attributed, Celeste Solum, was unable to explain the fabricated theory to a journalist and has also falsely claimed that COVID-19 testing is a secret blood harvesting operation.
A headline on the claim describes Solum as a "former FEMA whistleblower." However, Reuters reported in 2020 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has no record that Solum was ever an employee. When pressed on this point by a reporter from another publication, Solum "said they had been looking under the wrong name. She brandished a bomber jacket with a FEMA badge to prove she had been an employee."
Her LinkedIn profile says she is the owner of an organic farm and broadcaster for The Celestial Report with Celine Solum, described on its website as "Jesus-centered Interactive News and Community." The website features COVID-19 webinars that can only be accessed through paid subscriptions.
Solum’s claim about PCR tests dates at least to November 2020, when she was interviewed by David Icke, who was banned by Twitter for sharing COVID-19 misinformation. Icke also has claimed to be the Son of God.
A Facebook post claimed, "Corona PCR 'test' is implanting a microchip."
We found no evidence to support this claim. The woman to whom the claim is attributed cannot explain it, and she has made numerous other claims about COVID-19 that have been debunked.
She is described in the post as a former FEMA employee, but the agency says she never worked there.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
AFP Fact Check, "Posts falsely claim coronavirus testing is an excuse to implant Gates-funded microchips," June 12, 2020
AFP Fact Check, "US Supreme Court ruling did not allow patenting of vaccinated people," July 21, 2021
Bitchute.com, "Former FEMA operative Celeste Solum talks with David Icke: - Vaccine & Mass-depopulation," Nov. 19, 2020
CelestialReport.com, accessed Oct. 21, 2021
LinkedIn profile, accessed Oct. 21, 2021
PolitiFact, "No, chip on COVID-19 vaccine syringes would not be injected or track people," Dec. 15, 2020
PolitiFact, "There’s no plot to microchip people during COVID-19 tests," May 28, 2020
Reuters, "Fact check: COVID-19 testing is not a secret blood harvesting operation," June 2, 2020
The Spectator, "The mad world of David Icke," May 19, 2021
USA Today, "Fact check: Though nasal test for COVID-19 swabs deep into the nose, nothing is implanted," July 11, 2020
Vera Files, "Video FALSELY claims COVID-19 vaccine, testing implant ‘barcode for life,’" June 24, 2021
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