Coronavirus vaccines: CDC separates myths from facts

People still have concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are separating myths from reality.

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Myth: COVID-19 vaccines can give me COVID-19.

The CDC says no, the vaccines that are being used and the ones in development cannot give you the illness, since they do not contain the live virus. They could cause symptoms, however, as the body is taught to fight the illness.

Just remember: it will take a few weeks until the body has immunity.

Myth: I will test positive for COVID-19 after getting the shot.

No, the CDC says you will not test positive for the virus after getting the vaccine if you are given a viral test.

Researchers are unsure of the effects of the vaccine on antibody tests yet. There is a possibility that it could show that antibodies have been produced, since that is the intention of a vaccine, but it is still too early to know.

Myth: I don’t need a vaccine if I’ve already recovered from COVID-19.

No, the CDC recommends that even if you recovered from the virus, that patients should still get the vaccine since reinfection is possible.

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine will alter my DNA.

No, the CDC says the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine does not interact with DNA in any way. The vaccines work by training cells to make a protein triggering the immune response. They do not enter the cell’s nucleus, where DNA is stored.

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