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COVID-19: Infected Better Than Vaccine?
COVID-19: Infected Better Than Vaccine? Recently, BBC has refuted the rumors about the COVID-19 vaccine. It clearly stated that these rumors will cause people to misunderstand the vaccine, and will also delay the progress of the western “anti-epidemic” and cause more deaths.
Does the COVID-19 vaccine change human DNA?
Because the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer uses the principle of mRNA vaccine, that is, part of the ribonucleic acid encoding protein (or messenger ribonucleic acid) in the virus is extracted into a vaccine. Unlike traditional vaccines, this vaccine does not contain attenuated or inactivated viruses and only carries genetic information of the new coronavirus pathogen. Therefore, beginning in May this year, a video popular on social media declared that mRNA vaccine technology has “never been tested or approved” before and that the injection of mRNA vaccine will change human DNA.
The BBC interviewed a number of scientists about this, and they unanimously stated that “it’s nothing.” Professor Jeffrey Almond at the University of Oxford said, “Injecting ribonucleic acid into the body does not change the DNA of human cells.” Because of the different chemical structure, mRNA cannot be integrated with DNA. Moreover, the chemical nature of mRNA itself is very unstable. Ulrike Protzer, director of the Institute of Virology at the Technical University of Munich, said that mRNA will be degraded soon after entering the cell.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine make women infertile?
This rumor comes from Michael Yeadon, a doctor who retired from Pfizer for 9 years. He believes that the vaccine will synthesize a protein synapse called syncytin-1, which is similar in shape to the synapse of the new coronavirus. This protein is important in forming the placenta. If the body’s immune cells attack it, it will cause infertility. Many experts have shown that syncytin-1 is not related to the new coronavirus, and there is no evidence that the vaccine will cause infertility. The Associated Press reporter could not contact Yeadon, the author of the rumor.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine have serious side effects?
On December 15, local time, according to new data released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), fatigue, headaches and muscle pain are the most common side effects of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, there are some rare symptoms such as stubborn nausea, Vomiting and facial swelling, these symptoms may be related to the vaccination. The doctor said that side effects of the vaccine are relatively common. This is actually an immune response, indicating that the injection has worked as expected.
According to the FDA, more than 90% of participants who received the Moderna vaccine felt pain at the injection site; nearly 70% felt tired; and about 60% felt headache or muscle pain.
Is it better to inject the COVID-19 vaccine as direct infection?
Another video circulated on social media recently is even more ridiculous: It claims that the cure rate of COVID-19 pneumonia is 99.97%, so it is safer to directly contract the new coronavirus to gain immunity than vaccination.
The BBC stated that this statement is incorrect. According to Jason Oak, a statistician at the University of Oxford, about 99% of people infected with the COVID-19 pneumonia will survive, which is equivalent to 100 deaths per 10,000 people, much higher than the three out of 10,000 reported by social media. Even so, Ok added that the 99% figure does not take into account the age of the infected person, nor does it take into account the long-term health effects of the new coronavirus even if they survive.
“After being infected with the COVID-19 virus, in addition to severe patients who must be admitted to the hospital, there are long-term follow-up health problems. It will also take up a lot of medical resources and cause patients who need treatment for other diseases or injuries to be affected.” London Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Professor Liam Smith of the hospital said that whether or not to get vaccinated is not just about individuals, but the whole society.