What NH’s COVID-19 ‘Breakthrough Infections’ Really Mean
After months of worrying about making sure you're fully vaccinated to prevent infection by COVID-19, now there is something new to look out for. WMUR-TV is reporting that infections are happening to people, AFTER they've been fully vaccinated.
3 Confirmed Covid-19 Cases In Fully Vaccinated NH Residents
I'll be honest, when I first heard this news I completely panicked.
I've been freaked out about the variants since I first read about the United Kingdom variant in the earlier part of the year and sure enough, many sources have confirmed that it is now the dominant strain in the United States.
I was sure that this development was a new, horror movie scenario of mutant infection.
But after I rewound this story on the DVR and actually listened to it, the anxiety started to melt away.
In all 3 NH cases of those infected, the symptoms were not severe.
The biggest difficulty with 'Breakthrough Infections', (the official name when fully vaccinated people become infected) is that people don't even realize they're infected.
Symptoms are so minute that people could possibly infect others in their family or small group without being careful to prevent the spread.
The bottom line with all this is, the 5% chance of becoming infected after vaccination is rearing it's ugly statistical head. This Spring Surge of cases in New Hampshire is significant, but so are the hundreds of thousands of vaccinations in recent weeks.
The 'Holiday Surge' topped out at nearly 7,000 active cases in January and even in the worst grips of this latest surge, the active cases are barely half that, and I'm sure that the vaccines are protecting us, thousands of us, from infections.
If we just hang on and be safe another month or so I have to think any future infection spikes will be miniscule compared to any in the last year.
We are almost there!
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