OSF Physicians Answer Questions, Combat Misinformation
New cases of the coronavirus continue to surge across the U.S., spurred by the fast-spreading and extremely contagious Delta variant that now makes up the majority of COVID infections in the country.
As the pandemic rages on, so does misinformation about the virus, the vaccines and mitigation measures. We sat down with Jared Meeker, DO, an OSF HealthCare pulmonary critical care physician, and Douglas Kasper, MD, an OSF HealthCare infectious disease physician, to address some often misunderstood or misrepresented topics.
The CDC has been changing guidelines often. Why should we trust what they say?
View Dr. Douglas Kasper on CDC Trust
Dr. Douglas Kasper on CDC Trust
View Dr. Jared Meeker on CDC Trust
Dr. Jared Meeker on CDC Trust
How can cloth masks stop a microscopic virus?
Dr. Jared Meeker on Masking
Why is it important for those unable/ineligible for the vaccine to mask? What about the people masking around them?
Dr. Douglas Kasper on Masking for Others
There are more and more reports of breakthrough infections in vaccinated people. Why?
Dr. Douglas Kasper on Breakthrough Infections
Is the vaccinated population protected from delta and other variants?
Dr. Jared Meeker on Delta Variant
Does vaccination work to combat a respiratory illness, even one with animal reservoirs?
View Dr. Douglas Kasper on Animal Reservoirs
Dr. Douglas Kasper on Animal Reservoirs
View Dr. Jared Meeker on Animal Reservoirs
Dr. Jared Meeker on Animal Reservoirs
How does the vaccine stack up against natural immunity?
Dr. Jared Meeker on Natural Immunity
How can the vaccine provide protection if this virus keeps mutating?
Dr. Douglas Kasper on Virus Mutation
Can vaccinated people spread the virus?
Dr. Douglas Kasper on Vaccinated Spread
What is your advice for someone who is hesitant to get the vaccine?
Dr. Jared Meeker on Recommendation
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including general vaccine information, answers to frequently asked questions, and even online vaccination appointments for anyone 12 and older, visit osfhealthcare.org/vaccine.