The Covid-19 pandemic has so far claimed more than 51 000 lives in South Africa alone and 2, 65 million people worldwide within a year. These disturbing facts clearly show that the Covid-19 pandemic is a serious issue of social concern in the plight of fighting for survival.
This is why scientists, health organizations, and governments across the world have been tirelessly working to create a vaccine that will help to contain the virus and protect people. But unfortunately, people have been using social media as a weapon to spread fake news and myths about the credibility and effectiveness of the virus.
In today’s blog, UASA looks at some myths that have been spread across social media as people question the virus. We believe that this information will help you to be more cautious with information that is shared on the internet.
Myth: Vaccines are unsafe and normal safety protocols have been circumvented to fast track their authorization for use
Fact: The fast development and approval of vaccines is a great human feat worthy of celebration. This has been possible because we have learned over many decades how to make and test vaccines and we were able to take those lessons and challenge ourselves to produce a vaccine much quicker. No step in the development, testing, or ratiﬁcation of the COVID-19 vaccines has been skipped. The world was able to develop vaccines fast because scientists and governments around the world collaborated in a manner that has never been achieved before and pooled resources and information to ensure that everyone can contribute to the knowledge.
Myth: The vaccine will change my DNA
Fact: Vaccines work by stimulating the body the same way the virus would if someone were infected. That means when you receive the vaccine the body then recognized that it looks like the coronavirus and then it releases certain chemicals that start a chain reaction to make immune cells that can ﬁght the real virus. The vaccine does not work on the DNA of the body. Some people think that because some of the vaccines are made using RNA technology that means the RNA will interact with the DNA. That is not how it works. The technology is simply the way the vaccine is made – not what it will do to the body.
Myth: Vaccines contain a form of a microchip that will be used to track and control an individual
Fact: There is no vaccine “microchip” and there is no evidence to support claims that such a move is planned. Receiving a vaccine will not allow people to be tracked and personal information would not be entered into a database.
Myth: Big businesses are pushing vaccines to improve proﬁts
Fact: The COVID-19 crisis has caused massive upheaval across the globe and no nation has been spared. A vaccine represents the best hope to save lives and to restore our way of life, many governments have therefore entered into direct talks with vaccine makers to ensure a timeous supply of vaccines.
Myth: Government is complicit with big businesses in pushing vaccines despite the risks
Fact: The government is committed to saving lives and livelihoods. The fastest way to return to our way of life is by ensuring that the majority of the population is protected from the virus. Vaccines are the simplest and most effective way to do this.
Myth: The Vaccines have the mark of the Beast
Fact: Vaccines have no connection with any religious organizations and cannot be infused with spirits, demons, or other abstract ingredients. There is no conspiracy to possess, bewitch or control anybody.