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Know the facts about COVID-19

It is your choice whether you decide to get a COVID-19 vaccination. There is a lot of misinformation out there. It is important to know the facts.

You can help us keep our communities healthy by sharing tips with friends and family. Use your positive influence to be part of the solution to the challenges we are facing. Spread the information below in an email, on social media or have a conversation.

Fact: COVID-19 spreads very easily and can be deadly.
Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19. Older adults and people with other medical conditions are at greater risk of being in the hospital or dying from COVID-19.

Fact: Researchers worldwide have joined forces to bring us a safe, tested, and effective vaccine for COVID-19.
The FDA carefully reviews all data and can only approve a vaccine if there is proof people have benefitted, and it meets strict safety standards. Clinical trials have shown the vaccines to be safe and effective.

Fact: The vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
The vaccine uses pieces of the virus to trigger your immune system. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Nor does the vaccine mRNA affect your DNA.

Fact: The vaccine is a tool to slow the spread of the virus and help our community get back to normal.
We all have tools to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Frequent handwashing, wearing masks, and social distancing help protect you and those you love. And now our newest tool is a tiny poke with a big impact–a COVID-19 vaccine. Used together, these tools are the best chance of getting our community, schools, and businesses back to normal as soon as possible.

Fact: Vaccinations are being given locally
Vaccination sites are available across Berrien County. Spectrum Health Lakeland and the Berrien County Health Department are working hard to offer a COVID-19 vaccination for all those who want one.


Dispel the myths 
Physicians from Spectrum Health and members of our medical staff have come together to address the many questions and myths circulating regarding COVID-19. Help dispel the myths by sharing these facts in your communications and on your social media channels.

Myth: Getting COVID-19 is safer than getting a vaccine.
FACT: The vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to stop the pandemic. Hear more from the experts on this topic.

Myth: Not everyone needs to wear a mask.
FACT: Numerous studies show that up to 40% of people who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms, which is why it’s so important for everyone to wear a mask to stop the spread. Hear more from the experts on this topic.

Myth: Children don't get COVID-19.
FACT: Children are not immune from COVID-19, and in some cases can become very ill from the virus. Hear more from the experts on this topic.

Myth: Masks don't need to be worn outside. 
FACT: While being outside may decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, there are times where that’s simply not enough. Crowded areas outdoors can also be risky. Wearing a mask is one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of the virus. Hear more from the experts on this topic. 

Myth: Masks can cause lung problems for children.  
FACT: Pediatricians agree masks can be safely worn by children 2 years of age and older. Hear more from the experts. 


 

Be back-to-school ready
This school year has certainly been different. For those with students learning in the classroom, check out our routine checklist to help you prepare each day and stay safe and healthy while back at school this winter.

View our complete list of tips and visit spectrumhealthlakeland.org/covid19 for up-to-date information and resources for emotional wellness and support.






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