We see your comments about COVID on our Facebook page. Many of them are completely false.
MADISON, Wis.– One thing that isn’t helping stop the spread of the deadly delta variant is the spread of misinformation on social media. Our social media pages aren’t immune to it either. We brought some of the most prevalent comments we’ve seen in just the past week to UW Health Dr. Jeff Pothof, who explained why they aren’t true.
“50% of doctors aren’t vaccinated.”
The number is not 50%. 96% of doctors are fully-vaccinated, according to the American Medical Association. And that number will soon be 98%, as half of unvaccinated doctors are currently in the middle of their vaccine series.
“If the vaccine worked, some fully-vaccinated people wouldn’t still be getting sick.”
There’s no vaccine that’s 100% effective. Dr. Pothof explained that doesn’t lie so much on the vaccine, but human beings. Some have good immune systems, and some don’t. People who are immunocompromised have a higher risk of getting COVID regardless of vaccination status, according to the CDC.
“The vaccine is making people sick.”
Not only is that false, Dr. Pothof said it’s very rare to hear about someone who has gotten the vaccine who ends up in the hospital because of COVID at all. When that happens, doctors say there is always more to the story, like an underlying condition.
What is true and increasingly worrisome is this:
1.8% of people who get COVID will die from it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website is a great resource for accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19.
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