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Raising the Alarm Bells on “breakthrough infections” or when Fully Vaccinated Individuals Test Positive for COVID

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 the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, there have been growing levels of concern and conversation surrounding “breakthrough infections,” which are confirmed SARS-CoV-2-positive cases in fully vaccinated individuals. While these cases are still comparatively rare among the larger COVID-19 case burden, experts and the public alike are worried about implications for vaccinated individuals. Most of the recorded breakthrough cases are linked to the Delta variant of concern, which is currently responsible for nearly all new cases in the United States. Encouragingly, a small percentage of breakthrough cases have resulted in severe manifestations of COVID-19 that needed hospitalization.

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Health Officials Monitoring for signs of “breakthrough” Infections—ie, Infections in fully Vaccinated Individuals

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security , in order to understand the effectiveness of vaccination efforts, health officials are monitoring for signs of breakthrough” infections—ie, infections in fully vaccinated individuals—which provide insight regarding both the degree of protection provided by the vaccines as well as risk factors that could affect that protection. But in order to effectively utilize these data, health officials must determine (1) what qualifies as a breakthrough infection and (2) whether they should treat all breakthrough infections equally. As we covered previously, clinical trials for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines utilized different metrics to estimate efficacy, and depending on whether you look at SARS-CoV-2 infection, symptomatic COVID-19 disease, or severe disease or death, vaccine efficacy can vary widely. An article published in The Atlantic takes a similar look at breakthrough infections.

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