With so much information available about COVID-19 on the news and social media, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Who is reliable, and what information is factual?
As your trusted research and information professionals, we are here to put your mind at ease.
Updated 1/24/22 at 5:30 p.m.
Librarians love research - it is at the heart of what we do. Since early 2020, we have provided our customers and readers with the best, most current information regarding the COVID-19 virus and vaccines. We are all in this together - and by helping to separate reality from fiction, we are doing our best to quell rumors and present accurate, factual research regarding the pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccines.
We will be keeping this page updated to help you stay informed with accurate, scientific information so you can #RelyOnReal and combat misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines that have been developed to fight its spread.
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Fact vs Fiction - How do I know whom to trust?
Peer-reviewed, scientific research remains the best source of trust-worthy information regarding the Covid-19 virus and vaccines. The following resources are just a few of the websites can be trusted for up-to-date, timely guidance and facts.
For more resources, consider this list from DHEC for further information. For more help evaluating sources, look at this checklist from the CDC.
You have questions - and we have answers!
Is the vaccine safe for kids?
Now that children ages 5-11 are able to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, some of you may have questions about the safety of the vaccine.
We've compiled this research from credible sources about kids and potential cardiac issues regarding the COVID-19 vaccine - plus, you can check out this advice from the Surgeon General.
I'm traveling. Do I need to get tested for COVID-19?
The different requirements for traveling domestically or internationally can be confusing - especially during the pandemic - but this comprehensive guide about COVID-19 testing and travel will put your mind at ease. There, you will find links to guidelines for public transit, air travel, cruise ships, and more.
A lot of the daily information regarding COVID-19 comes from SC DHEC (South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control), but you may be wondering exactly what this agency does and why they exist in the first place. This post explains their history and how they serve the state of South Carolina.
DHEC's mission and other ways in which they support the Midlands and beyond can be found here.
What about vaccine mandates for federal employees?
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) currently impacting the U.S., we've compiled a list of resources and information to help you and your family stay informed. For additional COVID-19 resources and information, click here.