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It’s really easy to fall into a rabbit hole of misinformation surrounding covid. Here’s some tips to keep your research on the right track:

 

    • Keep to .gov and .edu websites: these mean the website domain is either educational or a government website, either most likely has research on covid that’s accurate and most importantly being updated. A go to .gov website for me is the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), .edu sites are a little more specific as they are usually research papers about specific aspects of the virus, but still if that’s what you’re looking for those are what you should be clicking on first.
    • Anything that says “What scientists aren’t telling you”: is a good early red flag to see because it mostly just means the source is clickbait. The entire job of scientists is to tell you stuff, there’s no benefit to hiding covid information. 
  • Things that say the vaccine is the “Mark of the beast” or if the vaccine is “Satan Juice”: It’s not, this and things similar to this are appeals to your religious belief’s as a way to convince you of something that you normally wouldn’t believe.
  • Sources that claim that the vaccine changes your DNA: This just indicates a simple misunderstanding of the mRNA vaccine. The vaccine doesn’t enter your nucleus or change your DNA, it just gives you the information you need to fight the vaccine. Think about it like this: If I gave you an axe to cut down a tree, that wouldn’t change who you are, it just means you’re now properly equipped to do what you need to do.
  • Social Media: I don’t need to explain to you how much misinformation is on social media. However, I know you’re going to use it anyways so I’m not gonna try and stop you. Instead, try to follow science communicators whose job it is to relay/correct accurate information on stuff like this. Some great science communicators I recommend following are science.sam, dresmerelda, and kizzyphd on Instagram. They are all great sources to use, have science-based PhD’s, and update information on a daily basis.

Corroborate Data: make sure the information you’re getting is agreed upon. Try to find the same/similar information from another good source just to double check what you’re reading isn’t either wrong or outdated.

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