A series of TikTok videos posted by the account “tickcs98” have gone viral, claiming to show severe cases of lice infestation. The most viewed video, with over 43 million views, features an individual having numerous large insects removed from their hair.
MandyNews.com investigates the authenticity of these videos.
What the Videos Show
The videos from “tickcs98” depict various individuals, each appearing to have a severe infestation of lice, with hundreds of insects being combed out of their hair.
These videos imply that they are showing real and extreme cases of lice infestation. The sheer number and size of the insects presented in the videos are alarming to viewers.
What We Found
To verify the authenticity of these videos, we consulted with entomologists and dermatologists. Dr. John Smith, an entomologist, noted, “The insects in these videos are far larger than any species of head lice. Real lice are typically only 2-3 mm in size and are not visible in such large numbers.”
Comparison with Real Lice Infestations
- Size: Head lice are much smaller than the insects shown in the videos.
- Visibility: Lice are difficult to see with the naked eye, unlike the clearly visible insects in the videos.
- Behavior: The movement and aggregation of the insects do not match typical lice behavior.
Our investigation reveals that the same individuals appear in multiple videos on the “tickcs98” account. The consistency and theatrical nature of these videos suggest they are staged for dramatic effect.
Our investigation concludes that the TikTok videos by “tickcs98” are likely staged and do not represent real cases of lice infestation. It is crucial for viewers to critically evaluate viral content and seek information from reliable sources.
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