COVID-19 vaccine myths like “Standing near a vaccinated person will destroy your body” which have been debunked by experts
Myths and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine have spread not only in the United States, but around the world. These myths and misinformation have contributed to vaccine reluctance among those still unvaccinated despite the COVID-19 vaccine rollout around the world.
Governments and health experts have repeatedly attempted to debunk these myths with facts and statistics in order to encourage the unvaccinated to finally receive their COVID-19 vaccines. Yet misinformation about vaccines continued to spread, and much of it was blamed by US President Joe Biden on social media.
Read on to find out what these COVID-19 myths are and how they’ve been debunked by experts.
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COVID-19 vaccine myth: COVID vaccines can cause people vaccinated to test positive for viral tests
A popular myth of the circulating COVID-19 vaccine is that it can apparently cause people vaccinated to test positive for viruses.
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has denied this rumor, claiming that licensed COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on viral tests. Viral tests, as defined by the CDC, are tests done “to see if you have a current infection.”
COVID-19 vaccine myth: vaccines cause pregnancy problems
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Reluctance to vaccinate among women, in particular, has been fueled in part by myths that COVID-19 vaccines have negative effects on pregnancy and menstrual cycles.
Experts have said that women trying to get pregnant now or in the future may be given a COVID-19 vaccine because there is “no evidence” that the vaccine has an effect on the pregnancy. Authorized vaccines also report no side effects on female or male fertility.
COVID-19 vaccine myth: vaccines will change your DNA
According to American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), COVID-19 vaccines cannot change your DNA.
According to the CDC, the genetic material provided by COVID-19 mRNA and viral vector vaccines does not enter the cell nucleus, where a person’s DNA lives, or genetic material.
“The adenovirus platform uses DNA encoding the spike protein that enters the nucleus. However, it does not alter the DNA of the cell in any way,” according to AAFP.
COVID-19 vaccine myth: vaccinated people can destroy the bodies of unvaccinated people
In what can arguably be called one of the strangest COVID-19 vaccine myths ever shared, it has been claimed that vaccinated individuals can ‘destroy’ the body of an unvaccinated person standing near of them.
The claim was made by DeAnna Lorraine during her guest at the David Parkman Show. This is not the only version of this COVID-19 myth that exists as there are those who believe that being around a vaccinated person can alter a woman’s menstrual cycle.
The CDC has already refuted the claim, saying that it is not possible for this to happen.
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