FAQs

What are the COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Facts?

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Information continues to evolve as scientists learn more about the virus and vaccines. However, the spread of misinformation, especially on social media, often makes it difficult to separate myths from facts. It is critical that people get the most current and accurate information available from trusted sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is COVID-19?

In COVID-19, 'CO' stands for 'corona,' 'VI' for 'virus,' and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as "2019 novel coronavirus" or "2019-nCoV". There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.

How does COVID-19 Spread?

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet, or 2 arm lengths).
  • It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.
    • These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection. This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
    • Droplets can also land on surfaces and objects and be transferred by touch. A person may get COVID-19 by touching the surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • It is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.
COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community ("community spread") in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Read more on the CDC site on how this virus spreads.

Where can I go for more information about COVID-19?

There are a number of national and international organizations with detailed information on COVID-19. We've curated a list of recommended resources below. Additionally, you can check with your state and local governments, as they may have further information on how the current outbreak is affecting your area.

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