The CDC recently updated its COVID-19 guidance to make the same recommendations for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 regardless of their vaccination status. Some social media users are claiming that the updated guidelines mean that there was never a difference in COVID-19 risk for vaccinated and unvaccinated people and that previous guidelines were
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It can be frustrating when guidance changes. It’s the job of public health officials to tell you what they know, when they know it, and guidance regarding COVID-19 has evolved as our understanding of the virus itself has improved and evolved.
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An article that is trending on social media falsely claims that a “bombshell” study found that vaccinated people are five times more contagious and are contagious for a longer time after COVID-19 infection than unvaccinated people. The article has been widely shared online. Recommendation: Medium Risk
A website that is known for publishing hoaxes and fabricated news stories is claiming that data from a German health insurer suggests that one in 25 of the insurer’s clients were treated for COVID-19 vaccine side effects last year. The article is based on totaling the use of four diagnosis health insurer codes. Recommendation: Medium