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A video series where Stanford Medicine faculty members answer common COVID-19 questions and debunk trending myths.

Audience: Community health education

Languages: English

Format: Videos

Key topics: COVID-19; Vaccination; Masks; Vaccines for children

Fear and misinformation sometimes spread faster than the coronavirus itself. We saw the widespread confusion and mixed messages proliferating at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and created this regular video series to have Stanford medical experts explain common questions and myths as they were trending. 

Viral Facts features medical experts from Stanford Medicine as they explain popular COVID-19 topics such as vaccine safety, variants, tips for home care, and more. 

This series is part of our effort to produce timely, evidence-based, and free health education around COVID-19. The 29 videos in this series have received over 6.6 million views between 2021 and 2023.

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This project includes 29 videos, free to view and share under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. 

Note: All of our content is produced using the best evidence available at the time of publishing. Please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19:

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COVID-19 vaccines & boosters for childrenPlay
Will Omicron help end the pandemic?Play
How to manage the risks of serious COVID-19 infectionPlay
Do I need a COVID booster? Will it protect against the Omicron variant?Play
How were COVID vaccines for kids developed so quickly? Feat. Dr. Bonnie MaldonadoPlay
What to know before your child gets their COVID vaccine, feat. Dr. Bonnie MaldonadoPlay
How effective are COVID vaccines in children? Feat. Dr. Bonnie MaldonadoPlay
Is it safer for children to get COVID or the COVID vaccine? Feat. Dr. Bonnie MaldonadoPlay
Kids and COVID-19 vaccines: Safety, side effects, and risks explainedPlay
Flu and COVID vaccines: Answers to 7 frequently asked questionsPlay
What are booster shots? Do I need one for COVID-19?Play
What is long-haul or long COVID?Play
COVID-19 breakthrough cases and vaccinesPlay
Do I still need to wear a mask?Play
What is the Delta variant?Play
Should immunocompromised people get the COVID vaccine?Play
I've had COVID - should I still get the vaccine?Play
Mental health during COVID-19Play
4 things to know about COVID-19 vaccines for kids and teensPlay
How scientists safely developed COVID-19 vaccines in record timePlay
COVID-19: Tips for home care with limited resourcesPlay
What do I do if I have COVID-19?Play
I'm young and healthy - why do I need a COVID vaccine?Play
Is it better to get COVID-19 or the vaccine?Play
Why do I need 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines?Play
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant women and children?Play
What can I do after I've been vaccinated for COVID-19?Play
Do COVID-19 vaccines protect against variants? What is a variant?Play
COVID-19 vaccine safety, side effects, and risksPlay