Welcome to episode 443 of The Whole View! This week, Stacy and Sarah answer questions from listeners regarding the Covid-19 Vaccines Myths in hopes of clarifying any unclear areas from the previous two shows.If you enjoy the show, please review it on iTunes!
The Whole View, Episode 443: Covid-19 Vaccines Part 3 – Myths and FAQ’sWelcome back to episode 443 of the Whole View. (0:27) Stacy explains that this is part 3 of the Covid Vaccine Shows: you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. She thanks every listener for all their positivity and understanding. The point of these shows is to give the information needed to make an informed decision for yourself. She also extends a bit thanks to Sarah, who has logged a ridiculous amount of hours doing extensive research to arm listeners with all the information she can. Sarah explains that this show may be on the long side. But she hopes to answer some questions followers have and dispel or shed light on common myths around these vaccines. Stacy adds that this show is all about the facts. Nothing they say is meant to be opinion based not backed up by science. She also reminds listeners that she and Sarah are not medical professionals. They are not qualified to give medical advice on whether you should get the vaccine or not. The best practice is to consult your primary care physician. Stacy hopes that all this information can help listeners make an informed decision they are happy with.
Listener FAQ: Covid-19 Vaccines MythsSarah goes through several positive comments left by viewers, expressing their appreciation of the science included in previous shows and arming them with as much research as Sarah did. (7:45) She takes a moment to emphasize that the FDA reports and all of the peer-reviewed papers on these clinical trials are full public access. They will be included in these show notes so listeners can go to the source for more information and formulate their own opinions based on the science. Stacy jokes that will be a theme of the show today: science and information. The first question Sarah takes comes from a listener on Patreon. Sarah reminds listeners that Patreon is the best platform to reach them and was the first place they went when pulling questions. If you’ve not joined the Patreon family, she invites you to for bonus content and extra episodes!
Herd ImmunityThe first question Sarah takes is about herd immunity and why wearing masks is still encouraged after vaccination. (13:30) Sarah explains the there are multiple positive outcomes that we hope to get from the vaccines:
- Prevent disability and death
- Ease the burden on the healthcare system to ensure patients get the necessary attention
- Ease the burden on the economy so we can open schools, etc. back up
- Achieve herd immunity, so we don’t have to live with covid forever
Long-Term Effects of Asymptomatic CasesSarah jumps to another listener’s question on whether those asymptomatic or mild cases carry the risks of long covid or other long-term damage. (22:32) Sarah recaps long-covid, which she and Stacy talked about long covid and tissue damage on our previous covid shows. She does a quick recap on what long-term effects are known to be associated with Covid-19 infections, such as the tissue damage seen in long-Covid. There’s no evidence from the clinical trials about possible long-term damage comparable to mild cases. Myocarditis is shown to occur in between 15-35% of covid patients and even 15% in young college athletes with mild or asymptomatic cases. Sarah reminds listeners that not everyone who gets covid will suffer permanent heart damage. She does agree it’s a concern but doesn’t want to scare anyone. While this hasn’t been methodically studied yet, the early data points to the only likely long-term effect of getting vaccinated being immunity to covid-19. Stacy adds that many people involved in the clinical trials actually reached out to her and Sarah. They spoke of the attentiveness they experienced and how closely monitored they were. Stacy thanks those followers for sharing their crucial experiences! Stacy also shares her experiences with long-covid and does not wish it on anyone. Both vaccines were thoroughly tested for anything and everything that could possibly go wrong.
Pregnant WomenAnother listener asks if the Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women and children yet, due to it being super unclear in the media. (37:20) Pregnant women were excluded from trials, but some became pregnant after enrolling. Those women were followed closely for monitoring. There is very limited human testing in this area. However, WHO recently said pregnant women can get the covid vaccine due to the few cases. No issues with pregnancy were detected in animal studies of vaccines. Sarah mentions that pregnant women are considered high-risk, and that’s definitely something to keep in mind when deciding if vaccination is right for you. Pregnant women are overall 3-3.5x more likely to require ventilation. And 70% more likely to die from covid than their age and risk factor-matched controls. It’s even worse for AMA, pregnant women aged 35–44 years with COVID-19:
- nearly four times as likely to require invasive ventilation
- twice as likely to die than were non-pregnant women of the same age