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Campus operations are looking much more familiar as we return to in-person classes and events this fall. While we have anticipated this moment for a long time, it’s important to remember that the pandemic has not yet ended. Even now we are facing an uptick in COVID-19 cases across our state. Concurrent with the rise in cases is a rise in concerns, anxieties, misconceptions and questions regarding the virus. Falsehoods surrounding COVID-19 are still prevalent and will likely surface during the semester. It is more important than ever — when lives are at stake — to ensure we are correctly informed about this virus. When we have the facts, we can take control of our own health. As a means for empowering the UK community, we are debunking the following myths.  

3. "Masks don't work."

According to the FDA and the CDC, masks are proven to prevent the spread of the virus. 

4. "Vaccines are dangerous."

COVID-19 vaccines are not dangerous. 

  • Millions of people have received the COVID-19 vaccines without experiencing any dangerous side effects.  

  • The safety of the vaccines has been evaluated through clinical trials in which tens of thousands of people participated. 

  • The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA) and have gone through the most intensive safety monitoring in U. S. history. 

  • The FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • Long term side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are extremely unlikely, as, historically, side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose.  

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5. "Vaccines cause infertility."

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6. "Hydroxychloroquine can help prevent and/or treat COVID-19."

7. "Ivermectin can help prevent and/or treat COVID-19."

The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 in people or animals.

  • Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.
  • There is currently no data to support that ivermectin can prevent or treat COVID-19.
  • Taking ivermectin in an unauthorized way is dangerous.

Click here to view the source of this information.  

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