Thursday, May 27, 2021

In Case You're Wondering

It can be hard to know what what's safe to do, even after you've been vaccinated (go get vaccinated).

The CDC put out the most comprehensive numbers to date on breakthrough infections (post vaccination COVID infections) this week.

It should make you feel better. 

101 million people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated. 10,262 breakthrough infections have been documented. Only 1,000 hospitalized, and 300 of those were for other reasons than COVID. 160 deaths, and 28 of those weren't due to COVID.

Stunning numbers, and even more so when you consider how high the infection rate has been for much of the last few months. 

Yes, there are caveats. It's a limited time period, and the number of cases is certainly higher than the CDC was able to capture. However, it's also fair to say that a very high percentage of the hospitalizations were captured, along with deaths. So it's it's pretty clear that once you're vaccinated, it's incredibly unlikely that you'll have a severe case of COVID. 

400 people get hit by lightning in the U.S. each year. We're not quite in lightning territory, but for someone who is otherwise healthy, we're within shouting distance. 

Oh, one last note. Variants? Not a problem, at least so far. 

This is full of data: COVID cases after vaccination are still very rare—variants aren’t changing that.

So if you're vaccinated, go do something. It's okay.

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