Sumary of I Got A ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known:
- Towfiqu Barbhuiya / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption toggle caption Towfiqu Barbhuiya / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm A ‘mild’ breakthrough COVID-19 infection may not feel mild at all.
- Towfiqu Barbhuiya / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm The test results that hot day in early August shouldn’t have surprised me — all the symptoms were there.
- “There was so much initial euphoria about how well these vaccines work,” says Jeff Duchin, an infectious disease physician and the public health officer for Seattle &
- “I think we — in the public health community, in the medical community — facilitated the impression that these vaccines are bulletproof.
- This isn’t to be alarmist, but to clear away expectations that COVID is out of your life, and keep up your vigilance about common-sense precautions.
- “It’s a totally different ballgame with this delta phase,” says Dr. Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine at the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, Calif.
- Recent research has tried to pin down how well the vaccines are working against preventing any breakthrough cases during the delta surge, but much of that comes from other countries and estimates vary significantly.
- Research on breakthrough infections over the summer in New York found the vaccines were still overall about 80% effective against any infection.