Magnets do not stick to COVID vaccine injection sites under your skin. Bill Gates has not implanted a chip. No heavy metals are being injected into your body. That myth has been debunked by several reliable sources including Reuters, FactCheck.org, USA Today, and Snopes.
Bottom line is, if you want to get back to some semblance of normal and are committed to “manifesting” this return, getting the vaccine lies in your future. If for some reason you cannot get vaccinated (and there are legitimate reasons for people making this choice), there are things you can still do to help. Begin by stopping the proliferation of nonsense.
Here’s what you can do to help reduce the propagation of these fear-mongering misinformed but probably well-intentioned posts on social media:
- Do not engage. This may seem counterintuitive, but do NOT try to “correct” the person’s information. Why? Because as soon as you engage in a conversation, the Facebook algorithm notes that this is an “important” post and promptly elevates its ranking, meaning more people will see it.
- Message privately instead of publicly responding. If it’s killing you that someone is propagating wrong information and you really must say something, message them instead.
- Mute the misinformed account owner. In many cases, this information may be coming from people you like or people you respect or people who you consider (considered) friends. You don’t have to unfriend them. But you can mute them for 30 days, or just unfollow them but still remain “friends.”
- Be understanding. The pandemic is new to us all. MRNA technology is not (it’s been a scientific exploration for the past 50 years). Yet, it all gets lumped into the same basket, because its newness is frightening.
- Respect expertise. Most people travel on ferries constructed by professional shipbuilders, or drive over bridges designed by engineers, or trust their investments with portfolio managers, or leave their required surgery to the trained surgeons, or flush the toilet not even giving a second thought to the complex systems that manage their bodily, um, expulsions. In many cases, the people behind these successes have spent years pursuing an education that affords them the right to express an informed opinion. In a way, trusting them to do their work simplifies the burden of the stress of all our lives. Question, yes, but accept that a Shakespeare scholar probably knows more about that-William-guy than the armchair expert who saw a porn version of Romeo and Juliet on black and white TV, forty years ago.
- Triggered? Fact Check it. If it inspires a strong emotional response, fact-check it.
- Google it. Before you share anything, verify the facts.
- Use Scholar Google. This cuts out all the conspiracy theories, right, left or batshit-crazy wingnut.
This pandemic comes at a point in time where it’s never been easier to propagate misinformation while at the same time, the behemoths like Google, Facebook, Amazon have systematically stripped away advertising funding from independent news sources which historically have provided reliable information.
Now, more than ever, it falls to the individual to fact check. If it inspires a strong emotional response, fact-check it.
And, after all that learning, here’s a more of the same with a comedic twist.
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