Your COVID-19 questions answered. VA is listening to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and hosting a blog series on questions from Veterans. Tell us what you think.
With so many sources of information about COVID-19 and vaccination available, it can be difficult to find accurate and reliable information to have your questions answered. To best inform and protect yourself and those you care about, you can consult reliable, trusted sources.
Veterans can rely on VA.gov and VA providers for accurate information, and as you look to learn more about COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have scientific data to help you make informed decisions.
These sources hold themselves to the highest standards of review and provide the facts you need to know to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
I’ve seen all sorts of reporting and information about COVID-19 in different media sources. How do I find reliable information in these sources?
Media sources, such as news organizations provide a constant stream of information in newspapers, on television, and online, but not all information is reliable. When reviewing these sources, you should consider whether the source provides the most accurate and trustworthy information about COVID-19.
Consider the reputation of the source, its journalistic standards, and whether it references reliable information from organizations like the CDC and WHO. Also consider whether the source is reporting facts or offering an editorial opinion.
I heard the Surgeon General issued an advisory about COVID-19 misinformation. What does that mean?
On July 15, The Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, issued a public statement to call attention to a public health issue affecting Americans. This statement, entitled Confronting Health Misinformation, describes the history and current risks of health misinformation.
It also offers strategies for all Americans to combat misinformation and “build a healthier, kinder, and more connected world.” This advisory can help you better inform yourself and those you care about as you work to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Keep an eye out for more answers to your COVID-19 and vaccine questions and remember to follow good health habits in the meantime. To keep it simple, follow the three W’s: wear your masks, wash your hands, and watch your distance from others!
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