COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccines: Myths vs. Facts

As you consider getting vaccinated for COVID-19, you may have questions. You might even feel nervous. That's OK. Learning the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines can help you make a good choice for you, your family and your community. Here's a look at some common COVID-19 vaccine myths and facts. MYTH: Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can make me sick with COVID-19. None of the current U.S. vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Instead, the vaccines teach your immune system how to recogn...

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3/29/2021 1:41:00 PM Comments(0)

Vaccine Hesitancy: What You Should Know

The COVID-19 vaccination roll-out has begun, and there is finally reason to hope that life can return to normal soon. We have all made sacrifices in the past year to protect ourselves and others from the virus, whether we’re wearing masks, practicing social distancing, or avoiding large gatherings. For generations, vaccines have protected the vulnerable across the globe, and have played the ultimate role in greatly diminishing and eradicating some of our deadliest diseases. The COVID-...

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2/5/2021 9:19:00 AM Comments(0)

Food safety in the age of COVID-19

Experts say there is no reason to believe that COVID-19 can be spread by food. That doesn't mean that you can forgo basic food safety habits, however. Pandemic or not, you should always handle and prepare food safely. That means you should: • Clean and disinfect countertops and other surfaces in your kitchen before and after cooking. • Wash your hands before and after handling food, and after wiping countertops and other surfaces with chemicals. • Wash fresh produce before eati...

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9/16/2020 10:38:00 AM Comments(0)

How to spot a COVID-19 contact tracing scam

Scammers are up to new tricks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now they're posing as contact tracers. To be crystal clear, contact tracing is a real thing—it's when someone from a health department uses phone calls and other means of communication to identify those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Contact tracing is one of the best tools we have to help slow the spread of the virus. Sadly, would-be crooks are pretending to be contact tracers too. Their con? They may try to steal...

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8/26/2020 9:56:00 AM Comments(0)

How vaccines are developed

Vaccines help protect us from many diseases, but have you ever wondered what it takes to get a vital new vaccine to market? It's a rigorous testing and approval process. The basic steps: 1. Exploratory and preclinical research. In the earliest stages of development, lab scientists conduct basic research—they begin to explore the feasibility of a new vaccine. A candidate vaccine may then be studied in cell or tissue cultures and in animals but not yet in humans. 2. Clinical trials. Next, if...

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8/26/2020 9:52:00 AM Comments(0)