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April 21, 2021 - COVID-19 Weekly Update

Busting COVID-19 myths

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

This week's COVID-19 update seeks to bust a few myths circulating about vaccines, immunity and campus public health policies.

MYTH: As long as I get part of the COVID-19 vaccine, I am safe.
FACT: Not true. You are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second of two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or after receiving the single-dose J&J Janssen vaccine. Until that two-week milestone, it is important that you strictly adhere to all public health precautions. Even after two weeks, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks in public to protect unvaccinated or vulnerable people until further notice.

MYTH: Getting fully vaccinated makes me completely immune to COVID-19.
FACT: Not true. According to the CDC, we are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. Even after you have been fully vaccinated, you should keep taking precautions - like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces - until we know more. Furthermore, early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others. So, keep wearing your face coverings, remaining physically distant from others, and washing your hands.

MYTH: Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will give me superpowers.
FACT: Not true. Unlike radioactive spiders, the COVID-19 vaccine will not endow one with the ability to leap or scale tall buildings. But, the vaccine does have the power to help us recapture some of the "normal" we were used to prior to the pandemic - but it relies on all of us being vaccinated.

MYTH: With more people being vaccinated, the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 has decreased.
FACT: Not true. Spring weather is prompting more people to socialize, and warmer temperatures make it tempting to remove your mask. CSU has remained constant in the number of students and employees it is monitoring through its COVID-19 Response Team case management. As of Monday, April 19, that included nine active positive cases of COVID-19 and another 25 individuals being monitored for active exposures or symptoms. Self-reporting positive tests, suspicious symptoms or possible exposures is still vital to the overall health and safety of everyone at CSU.

MYTH: Gov. Kemp recently lifted pandemic precautions in Georgia. That means masks and physical distancing requirements and bans on large gatherings at CSU have been lifted as well.
FACT: Not true. Although the governor may have lifted pandemic precautions in Georgia, the public health precautions, established by the University System of Georgia for all its colleges and universities, remain in place. A timeline for changes to mask requirements, physical distancing guidelines and large-gathering restrictions has not been announced. At this time, even youth participating in on-campus summer programs will have to adhere to our COVID-19 protocols.

Read more on the CDC website about how to protect yourself and others even when you have been fully vaccinated.

Get vaccinated

We continue to await an update on CSU's ability to administer vaccines on campus. Until that time, please consider opportunities in the community to be vaccinated. The Columbus mass vaccination site continues to administer drive-through vaccinations at the Columbus Civic Center for anyone 16 and older. Making an appointment at myvaccinegeorgia.com is the best way to ensure supplies are on hand for you when you arrive to be vaccinated. In addition, many retail pharmacies and physician offices are also offering vaccinations.

Share your concerns

Do not forget that our online questions and ideas form is available if you have questions or concerns, or hear of any other COVID-19 myths that need busting.

Thank you for doing your part to make wise choices, as well as keeping yourselves and Cougars everywhere safe and healthy.

Sincerely,
Shana Young and Julio Llanos, Co-Chairs
COVID-19 Response Team