When humans are introduced to a new concept, there are two main reactions, curiosity and fear. Then come the multitude of emotions, questions, clarifications, etc. With the world going through a pandemic, combating fake news about Covid-19 has become part of the new normal. Let’s talk about the biggest topic right now. The Vaccine.
Vaccines are important to combat the pandemic. Some people disagree. These are the ones with vaccine hesitancy, those who have questions about the vaccine, how it works, how safe it is etc. And then there are the anti-vaxxers, those who believe vaccines cause harm and refuse to take them. Because of hesitancy and fear, come the rumours. Some are wildly ridiculous and easily taken apart, others are veiled in such a way it adds to the panic. Here are some of the common Covid-19 vaccine myths going around.
The vaccine will not turn you into a human magnet
One might laugh at this. In 2021, when Hollywood movies predicted we would have flying cars, we instead have people claiming in front of cameras that the vaccine has turned them into a magnet. The myth has recently been shared by some people on social media trying to show magnetic objects sticking to their arms. Some anti-vaccine health care workers testifying at an Ohio state legislature meeting also talked about it and someone tried to give a demo as well. (They failed)
The vaccine does not turn you magnetic. That takes a nice pleasing personality and charm.
This one went so viral that the CDC had to put out a statement on their website, “Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm.”
The mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA
When the mRNA vaccines were being talked about, a political party in Australia decided posted a long message on Facebook that mRNA vaccines will “intervene directly in the genetic material of the patient and therefore alter the individual genetic material.” This is false.
mRNA vaccines work by telling the body to make a key protein in the coronavirus, which the immune system then attacks, training it to fight off the virus itself. They do not work by entering the body’s genetic material, which is physically impossible.
The vaccine will not make you infertile
There were multiple posts on social media claiming the vaccine can turn people infertile. This has been proven false. A small study was done recently and there were no changes in the production of semen in men.
The vaccine is not being used to micro-chip you
One of the wildest conspiracy theories about the vaccine has been that Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is plotting to use the vaccine to track people via microchip. The theory went so wild that Gates addressed the conspiracy theory himself in June. He said, “It’s almost hard to deny this stuff because it’s so stupid or strange that even to repeat it gives it credibility.”