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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

A guide to resources available with credible information on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

MYTH: Ivermectin can cure or prevent COVID-19


According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is insufficient evidence to recommend the use of  Ivermectin (commonlypicture of a cow used to deworm sheep and cows) to prevent and treat COVID-19 in humans. And, according to a New York Times story, a recent review of studies showed no evidence that the drug prevented COVID-19, improved the conditions of patients, or reduced mortality from COVID-19. Indeed, even the US Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) weighed in on Twitter, saying, "You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it."

The article in the New York Times goes on to say that some serious side effects in humans have been reported from using Ivermectin, such as reported nausea, muscle pain and diarrhea. Calls to poison control centers from people who have taken ivermectin have skyrocketed.

Photo creator: David Wild, Flickr Creative Commons

MYTH: Hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19

MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccine can make you magnetic


Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic since the vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field. There are no metals in these vaccines.

MYTH: The COVID-19 Vaccine will give me COVID


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               Image: Christian Emmer ( CC BY-NC 4.0

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, none of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines contain luciferase

FALSE glowing jellyfish

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the bioluminescent marker called luciferase. Taking the vaccine will not enable you to either glow or be  tracked. You can find a list of the ingredients used in the COVID-19 vaccines on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. None of the vaccines include luciferase or luciferin.

Photo by Chris Favero.  CC BY-SA 2.0  

MYTH: The COVID-19 Vaccine will make me infertile


According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), no one has found a link between the COVID-19 vaccine and your ability to get pregnant. In fact, it's better to get vaccinated before pregnancy to protect both of you.

MYTH: Vaccines “will remove parts of your DNA and replace it with altered genetic coding"


While COVID-19 vaccines inject genetic material into human cells, they won’t alter anyone's DNA or change anyone's spiritual beliefs. According to Brent Stockwell, a professor at Columbia University who studies cell and molecular biology, "Converting RNA into DNA isn’t possible outside of a special enzyme contained on some viruses, and COVID-19 isn’t one of them."

MYTH: Researchers rushed the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, so it can't be trusted.


Studies have found that the two initial vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are safe and about 95% effective. Both use a technology that has been in development for many years, giving the companies a head start on this vaccine. And both companies invested large numbers of resources due to the seriousness of the situation enabling vaccines to be created quickly.

MYTH: I don't need to wear a mask after I get vaccinated for COVID-19


While the vaccine will probably prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown at this time if you can still carry and transmit the virus to others. Help prevent outbreaks and keep everyone safe by wearing a mask.

MYTH: Wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia.


The AP reports that Davidson Hamer, an infectious disease specialist at Boston University, said he was unaware of any harm that comes from the normal wearing masks besides discomfort. “There’s no evidence of masks leading to fungal or bacterial infections of the upper airway or the lower airway as in pneumonia.” He did note, however, that paper masks that have become wet need to be discarded.


Jessi Melton, a Floridian business owner running for a congressional seat, tweeted this claim on June 19th.

MYTH: Drinking a lot of water will kill the coronavirus


PIcture of a water drop

Picture by Jose Manuel Suarez

According to the myth, you should make sure your mouth and throat is always moist by drinking water every 15 minutes. The idea here is that this will wash the virus down the esophagus where our stomach acid will kill it.

The truth is that the main route of exposure is thought to be the inhalation of droplets into the lungs. These droplets may contain thousands of viral particles left in the air after someone talks, coughs or sneezes.

Other Fact Checking Links

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Picture by Rodvyr

Some of the most popular but completely untrue stories of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on  social media. From a trusted independent news agency dedicated to unbiased accurate factual reporting on global news.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact was created in 2007 by the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida. In 2018, PolitiFact was acquired by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists.

This highly regarded rumor analyzing site has been researching rumors since 1995., a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Open Secrets is run by the Center for Responsive Politics, an award-winning nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit organization that is the premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. 

While focused primarily on political facts, this covers specific claims in-depth and with plenty of cross-referencing.

Use this app to double check the sources of images.

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