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Dr. Fauci Warns of Infections After Vaccination

Breakthrough infections can happen, warned Dr. Fauci.
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The COVID-19 pandemic isn't over yet, as the new Delta variant threatens vulnerable communities—and vulnerable people, like unvaccinated children, who are getting sicker and sicker. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on CNN last night opposite Don Lemon to sound an alarm, and said what you can do to stay safe given these new circumstances. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Dr. Fauci Warned "Breakthrough Infections" are Possible

Sick man lying on sofa checking his temperature at home in the living room

Dr. Fauci it was possible to get infected after vaccination and pass this infection along to your kids. "It is possible that you will see people who are infected get breakthrough infections despite the fact that they're vaccinated in general. When you have a breakthrough infection with a vaccinated person, the level of virus in the nasopharynx is lower than if you have an asymptomatic infection in someone who's not vaccinated. We haven't formally proven yet how much diminution there is in the likelihood of transmitting it to someone else, including children. And that's one of the reasons why you've got to be careful when you're dealing with something like the Delta variant. You want to make sure that you get vaccinated. If your children are not old enough to get vaccinated, when they're out there in the community, they should be wearing a mask if they are too young to get vaccinated."


The World Health Organization Begs Everyone to Wear a Mask After Vaccination

Female Wearing Face Mask and Social Distancing

"People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves," Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, said. "Vaccine alone won't stop community transmission," Simao added. "People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene … the physical distance, avoid crowding. This still continues to be extremely important, even if you're vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing."


Los Angeles is Encouraging "Maximum Protection"

couple wearing masks due to corona virus pandemic at the Griffith Park in Los Angeles

"Until we better understand how and to who the Delta variant is spreading, everyone should focus on maximum protection with minimum interruption to routine as all businesses operate without other restrictions," Los Angeles county officials said in a statement. "While COVID-19 vaccine provides very effective protection preventing hospitalizations and deaths against the delta variant, the strain is proving to be more transmissible and is expected to become more prevalent," Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement Monday.


Breakthrough Infections Do Happen, Says CDC

woman with oxygen mask at hospital

"More than 4,100 people have been hospitalized or died with Covid-19 in the U.S. even though they've been fully vaccinated, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," says CNBC. "So far, at least 750 fully vaccinated people have died after contracting Covid, but the CDC noted that 142 of those fatalities were asymptomatic or unrelated to Covid-19, according to data as of Monday that was released Friday. The CDC received 3,907 reports of people who have been hospitalized with breakthrough Covid infections, despite being fully vaccinated. Of those, more than 1,000 of those patients were asymptomatic or their hospitalizations weren't related to Covid-19, the CDC said."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

Woman Wearing Homemade Mask Picks Up Food at Restaurant During Covid-19 Lockdown

Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more