What Is The Pax Epidemiologist Drama On TikTok?
The Pax epidemiologist drama on TikTok can be summarized as one man faking his credentials to sound legitimate.
The man in question is Snackpax. epi, a TikToker who tried to build a platform on TikTok by passing himself off as a field Epidemiologist and Certified Nurse and Midwife.
An epidemiologist is simply someone who studies the outbreaks of diseases and identifies people at risk of the disease and how people can stop or control the spread of it.
As one can imagine, due to the state of the world right now, post-COVID-19, epidemiology, and epidemiologists are in high demand.
So, when Snackpax. epi rolled around with seemingly real credentials, no one thought he was faking it or his credentials, and he rose quickly in subscriber count.
The man was nearing 200K followers, but many people took offense to the way he acted and started questioning if he was who he said he was.
People started asking him in his comments to show them his credentials, and he did so. He showed screenshots of his License Numbers with the first name blurred but his first initial: "T" and his last name Hardy clear in view.
But, once Savannah, or @rx0rcist, came upon his videos, she started to realize that something was up. She then uncovered that not only was Snackpax. epi lying about his credentials, but he had stolen those credentials from an African American epidemiologist Tiko Hardy.
She exposed him, and the man has since lost his platform, seemingly banned, and the real Tiko Hardy is pressing charges.