SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Stanford Health Care infectious disease expert Dr. Anne Liu has been in the trenches, battling the COVID-19 pandemic since its earliest days. She has seen patients die and has grown tired of celebrities like rapper Nicki Minaj spreading unfounded rumors about the dangers of vaccinations.
Minaj made headlines last week when she noted in a tweet to over 22.6 million subscribers that the Met Gala was demanding that participants be vaccinated and that she would not get vaccinated until “I don’t think I’ve done enough research.”
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She then posted a tweet sharing an unverified story about a cousin’s friend in Trinidad. Minaj claimed that the unidentified individual “became impotent” and “his testicles became swollen” after receiving the blow.
“It’s a difficult subject,” Liu told CBSN Bay Area. “I have patients who have taken their time to get vaccinated and some of them end up coming back and some of them have died from COVID. When our unvaccinated patients have died from COVID despite our best efforts to get them vaccinated or to treat them even after contracting the infection, it is truly horrible. “
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“I blame the widespread lies and all the falsehoods and disinformation that people are fed. It’s very upsetting, ”Liu added with emotion. “People who have a large following on social media cast doubts on topics on which there is better information. The people we see in the hospital with COVID are not vaccinated or their immune systems are such that they cannot respond to the vaccine. And it is truly devastating. “
Regarding Minaj’s fertility claims, Lui told science just doesn’t back them up.
“From the outset, it must be said that there are many causes of infertility and swelling of the testicles. COVID vaccines are not on this list, ”she said. “There is still a lot to be discovered as to whether COVID infection can actually affect your fertility. The jury is out on it. But there is data on COVID infection actually affecting other sexual functions. “
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When it comes to immunizing pregnant women, Liu said, “It is never too early to get immunized for the protection of the pregnant person. Pregnant patients are at a higher risk of a worse outcome from COVID infection. Infections also endanger the health of the fetus. The vaccines are safe and effective for them and their fetuses. If I was pregnant I would have already been vaccinated and I tell my pregnant patients to please, please get vaccinated.