Myth #9: Pharmaceutical corporations aren’t releasing the coronavirus vaccine.

Covid Vaccine Study

Not true, say the experts. Vaccines for COVID-19 aren’t yet available. The studies take as long as they take to develop safe and effective vaccines, often many months or even years. Then, once a viable vaccine is ready, it takes even longer to manufacture and distribute vaccinations to the millions of people who need them. It’s also important to note that once a vaccine is available, it will first be given to essential workers (like healthcare staff) and individuals who most need it for survival. Be patient, stay informed, and continue protective protocols like handwashing, social distancing, and wearing your face mask. 

Myth #10: COVID-19 and cytokine storms can be cured by steroids and antiviral meds.

Medications

Unfortunately, this myth is untrue, too. Though antivirals and steroids have proven helpful for treating COVID-19, they aren’t cures. With some patients, steroids have helped reduce the impact of cytokine storms, which are severe responses by the immune system where it attacks its own tissues and cells. Antivirals fight to combat viral infections, but aren’t cures either. And, as stated earlier, the effectiveness of a treatment can be different from person to person. How well an antiviral or steroid works to treat COVID can depend on the patient’s age, their pre-existing conditions, and even their mindset can be a factor in their recovery process.

The myths circulating about COVID-19 are born of fear and misinformation, which is understandable during a pandemic unlike any other spread of infection in our lifetime. Staying informed through reliable sources, about legitimate medical research, is the best way to avoid letting myths run amuck. When in doubt, check with respected and legitimate organizations like the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. And continue to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus by following the important daily prevention practices.

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