COVID-19 is showing to be a bit tricker than the CDC or the WHO originally anticipated. With the back and forth that happened in Washington D.C. last week with the new indoor mask mandate issued by the CDC and the messaging at the White House it is no wonder that people can get confused.
Now with more cases coming to light of vaccinated people testing positive for COVID-19 this could very well add to the public’s confusion. This makes the announcement of South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham announcing that he had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today very newsworthy.
From The Hill…
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, even though he was fully vaccinated.
“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,” he said.
“I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning. I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for ten days,” he added.
Graham is the first senator known to test positive for the coronavirus in months, and the first known “breakthrough” case among vaccinated senators. A CNN survey earlier this year found that only four out of 100 senators, at the time, were not vaccinated.
Graham’s announcement comes amid growing public concern about the potential for so-called breakthrough cases, or when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for the coronavirus.
Graham also made the announcement on his Twitter account…
I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated.
I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 2, 2021
According to the latest vaccination numbers provided by Google.com here are how many people have been vaccinated in the United States of America.
As of Sunday, July 31st, 2021:
Fully vaccinated, 164,446,964, which is 50.1% of the population.
At least one dose, 190,982,149, which is 58.2% of the population.
According to the CDC website even though Sen. Graham is vaccinated this is a distinct possibility of anyone having the shot getting the virus:
COVID-19 vaccines are very effective, but no vaccine is perfect. In some instances, fully vaccinated people will get COVID-19 and may be contagious. These are called “vaccine breakthrough cases.” A new CDC study finds that B.1.617.2 (Delta) can lead to breakthrough infections. This means that while vaccinated people are much less likely to get sick, it will still happen in some cases. As the number of people who are vaccinated goes up, the number of breakthrough cases is also expected to increase, even as the vaccines remain highly effective.
With the overall fully vaccinated population just hovering over 50% of the country and the news stories of others who were vaccinated (READ: About That Chartered Plane Full of Texas Democrats Running Scared to D.C. coming down with COVID-19 it is anybody’s guess if this will depress the nation’s overall vaccination numbers.
This will undoubtedly force people to ask questions both if they are vaccinated or might be thinking of getting vaccinated and how to go forward. Hopefully, Sen. Graham is correct and he will be back sooner rather than later. We wish him a speedy recovery.