Myth vs. Fact
With so many voices chiming in on COVID-19, it is hard to know what is true. Below are some of the most common COVID-19 and vaccine myths debunked.
Fact: Unfortunately, there are currently no medications that cure or prevent COVID-19. Antibiotics are only useful in fighting secondary bacterial infections, not the actual virus.
While other immunizations – like flu and pneumonia vaccines – are extremely important, they are not effective against COVID-19. The best tool we have to potentially prevent COVID-19 and lessen its effects is one of the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.
Fact: While developed quickly, each of the COVID-19 vaccines underwent rigorous and detailed studies before receiving emergency use approval from the FDA.
Fact: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain a live virus. You can come into contact with the virus after you are vaccinated, but if you do get COVID-19, your symptoms will likely be less severe.
Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine cannot alter your genetic makeup. The mRNA in the vaccine triggers an immune response to help your body learn to fight off the virus.
Fact: While your body may have some natural immunity, it’s unclear how long it lasts. Whether you’ve had COVID-19 or not, a vaccination gives you an extra layer of protection against the virus.