COVID-19 is now regarded as a common illness, one that many now lump in with the common cold or the flu. While most people either know someone who has caught this illness or have been infected themselves, a coronavirus infection can still be a serious diagnosis.
In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, we’ve decided to release a Myth or Fact game! Play along with us below, and see if you can correctly guess the truth.
Myth or Fact? At this point, enough people have the COVID-19 vaccination, so there’s no need for you to get yours.
COVID-19 vaccinations are here to protect both you and the people around you. While it is true that many people have already received their vaccines and boosters, receiving the vaccine yourself will only help to keep you safe, as well as help protect the at-risk loved ones you come into contact with (per the CDC, those people include the immunocompromised, elderly, and obese). If you’re ready to make that vaccination appointment, our On/Go companion app now offers easy vaccination scheduling! Tap “Get care” and select “Vaccines” to schedule your vaccination at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.
Myth or Fact? Alternative medicine options such as colloidal silver, zinc, and essential oils can protect you from COVID-19.
While these alternative medications were hyped up by many at the beginning of the pandemic, the only official medications the CDC cites are the antivirals authorized by the FDA; Nirmatrelvir with Ritonavir (Paxlovid), Remdesivir (Veklury), and Molnupiravir (Lagevrio). Self-medicating with alternative treatment options, such as zinc, colloidal silver, and essential oils are not an effective way to prevent a coronavirus infection, and might cause you to become sick over time. The best ways to help keep yourself safe from COVID-19 are getting vaccinated + boosted, keeping your hands clean and implementing the CDC's latest COVID-19 Prevention Actions.
Myth or Fact? There are no known treatment options for COVID-19.
The antivirals listed above, such as Paxlovid, have officially been authorized by the FDA to treat a COVID-19 infection! Talk to your doctor to learn more, or use the Test to Treat feature in our On/Go app to receive a FREE antiviral prescription delivered to your door within hours!
Myth or Fact? Children, even very young children, can contract COVID-19.
While many think of children as being naturally resilient, they are still at risk of COVID-19. In most cases, children who contract the COVID-19 infection thankfully seem to have milder symptoms than those in adults (with up to 50% possibly having no symptoms), but COVID-19 can still be passed from child to child, which can make places like school or sports practices a hot spot for infection. Children as young as 6 months can receive the coronavirus vaccine per the CDC’s vaccination guidelines, so make sure to keep your kiddos up to date!
Myth or Fact? You don’t need the COVID-19 vaccine if you’ve already had the virus.
The phrase “tiger blood” has made its rounds over the past three years, referring to the natural immunity you possess after you’ve contracted the COVID-19 virus. This is a bit anecdotal, as the many virus variants can re-infect you quite soon after your initial infection (read more about this from our friends at the CDC). The main safeguard from a near back to back infection is to get your vaccinations as soon as you are able, and keep yourself boosted. Talk to your doctor to learn more, or use our On/Go app to schedule one today! Tap “Get care” and select “Vaccines” to schedule your vaccination today.
Myth or Fact? A Covid infection can lead to longer-term complications.
This is an unfortunate truth: scientists are only just beginning to discover the long-term effects of a coronavirus infection. For some, Parosmia (a distorted sense of smell and taste) has become a continuous ailment in their day-to-day life, while others struggle with chronic fatigue. These symptoms are part of a larger diagnosis called long COVID, also referred to as post-COVID syndrome. Common symptoms of long COVID include, but aren’t limited to: brain fog, depression, anxiety, chronic migraine, and much more. If you think you or a loved one might be experiencing long COVID symptoms, talk with a medical professional through our On/Go app, or head over to our long COVID Clinic page, where you can receive the latest info on this mystifying ailment.