Placebo Effect is the Cause for Many Side Effects of COVID Vaccination, New Study Claims

Placebo Effect is the Cause for Many Side Effects of COVID Vaccination, New Study Claims
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It’s not a secret to anyone at this point that there are people dealing with side effects after getting vaccinated for COVID. They surely would do great without them, and a new study emerges to practically tell the vaccination skeptics that they shouldn’t fear side effects too much anymore.

According to abcNEWS, the new study from Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center is there to tell us that the placebo effect is the cause behind many of the side effects experienced by those who underwent COVID vaccination.

Thousands of people examined

For the new study, the situation of thousands of people was examined from 12 trials dedicated to vaccine safety analysis.

The team compared the rates of side effects that were reported between the ones who received a placebo shot and the individuals who received a real vaccination shot. Researchers believe that the placebo effect is to blame for side effects such as fatigue and headaches that two-thirds of participants experienced after the first shot. 

The surprise was when about a quarter of the people, some of them getting the placebo shot, had to deal with side effects such as a sore arm. This also likely has to do with the placebo effect.

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Dr. William Schaffner, who’s a professor of infectious disease and preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, declared as quoted by abcNEWS:

After the injection, people are more aware now that they think they might have gotten a vaccine. They’re more likely to tell their doctor about things,

Never underestimate the power of the human mind.

Dr. Simone Wildes, an infectious disease physician from the South Shore Health, explained further, as cited by the same source:

When people are armed with information, they are better suited to identify and manage their symptoms,

This might also help those who are reluctant to get vaccinated.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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