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My uncle is knee-deep in COVID conspiracy theories. Any tips for respectfully engaging him?

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A: Experts recommend the SART strategy: Show empathy; Affirm critical thinking; avoid Ridicule; and invoke conspiracy theory “exiters” as Trusted messengers. And it never hurts to remember that as humans we need to feel heard before we can truly listen. Ah, conspiracy theories. We’ve all been exposed to them – wildly inaccurate hot-takes about COVID,

Since there have been deaths reported after people received vaccination, should I be concerned? I’m scared to take the vaccine.

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A: No. In spite of sensational headlines, no deaths have been linked to receiving COVID-19 vaccination. And hundreds of millions of vaccines have been given. As of early March, more than 330 million vaccinations in over 120 countries have been given. In detailed investigative reporting of vaccine-related deaths around the world, DW (Deutsche Welle) a

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In this live Q&A, we’re teaming up with our science gal-pals at @Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist and @Your Local Epidemiologist for a special retrospective on science on Facebook over this past year. We’ll be talking about why we started doing this and why we keep on doing it, how it’s changed us, and laughing about some

I have family members and close friends who say they don’t want to get the Covid-19 vaccine when it’s their turn. How can I encourage them?

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A: Lead with love, then with facts. Share your enthusiasm and commitment. Make it easy and fun. Acknowledge past hurts. We already know that hesitancy about the Covid-19 vaccine is running high. Recent survey data (linked below) show that anywhere from 20-40% of US residents report being “unlikely” or “very unlikely” to get the vaccine.

Can mRNA vaccines change my DNA?

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A: No. The mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna contain a message which instructs your cells to make a protein shaped like a small part of the virus that causes COVID-19. The message is called messenger RNA or mRNA. Messenger RNA only contains the information it takes to make a certain protein. This can’t change