Misinformation has become a new enemy to be fought during the pandemic. Be sure to consult reliable sources and do not believe rumors.
Nowadays coronavirus is the main topic of conversation, but false news spreads so fast that it seems true. Social networks are emerging as a channel for this, and as a result, industry giants such as Facebook and Twitter have taken steps to combat the so-called “pandemic” of misinformation.
Today, with vaccination processes starting around the world to eradicate the disease, misinformation has not been slow to appear. Even the International Red Cross forewarned this last December and called on governments and institutions to implement measures to build trust in people.
In this regard, the National Academy of Medicine in Colombia issued a guide that denies some of the main false news about COVID-19 vaccines:
- Have the vaccines been made too fast?: The Academy says that all the necessary protocols and phases have been fulfilled. The results of the clinical trials are public and can be consulted. Its development was fast due to several factors, such as the unprecedented economic investment and the fact that it was easy to get thousands of volunteers.
- Is a chip implanted with the vaccine?: The entity assures that it is not currently possible to implant a microchip with the vaccine. They clarify that the rumor stems from Bill Gates’s idea to use certificates in the future, but it has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Why get vaccinated if it doesn’t protect you from infection and you can still get it?: Although “so far it is not known whether it protects from infection,” specialists stress that it does prevent the most serious forms of COVID-19, a very important step in preventing the health system from collapsing and avoiding numerous deaths.
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