I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID |

So, you got vaccinated!  You still need a mask.  You still need to isolate yourself—and you will still get the virus.  You may have felt good getting jabbed.  Or you felt bullied into taking an experimental drug, where the manufacturers REFUSE to tell you the risks—nor willing to take financial responsibility when things go wrong.  Now, you are as susceptible as anyone else to get the virus.  In fact, now you can be a super spreader.

“Five days earlier, I had gone to a house party in Montgomery County. There were 15 adults there, all of us fully vaccinated. The next day, our host started to feel sick. The day after that, she tested positive for COVID-19. She let all of us know right away. I wasn’t too worried. It was bad luck for my friend, but surely she wasn’t that contagious. Surely all of us were immune. I’d been sitting across the room from her. I figured I’d stay home and isolate from my family for a few days, and that would be that. And even that seemed like overkill.

The official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline stated that, since I was fully vaccinated, I didn’t need to do anything different unless I started developing symptoms. I’m an epidemiologist at a major medical research university, which has a dedicated COVID exposure hotline for staff. I called it, and workers said I didn’t need to do anything.

Then, I started to hear that a few other people who had been at the party were getting sick. Then a few more. At this point, 11 of the 15 have tested positive for COVID.

Last week I was in a room with over 20 people, almost no one had taken the jab—and today, everyone is healthy.  Jab or no jab, you can still get the virus.

I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID

By Allan Massie,  Baltimore Sun, 8/3/21  

A COVID-19 testing site staff member conducts a temperature check at a drive-up testing site at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, November 17, 2020. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP) (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP)

I was sitting on an examination table at an urgent care clinic in Timonium, giving my history to a physician’s assistant. An hour later, she would call me to confirm that I was positive for COVID-19.

Given the way that I felt, it was what I expected. But it wasn’t supposed to happen: I’ve been fully vaccinated for months.

Five days earlier, I had gone to a house party in Montgomery County. There were 15 adults there, all of us fully vaccinated. The next day, our host started to feel sick. The day after that, she tested positive for COVID-19. She let all of us know right away. I wasn’t too worried. It was bad luck for my friend, but surely she wasn’t that contagious. Surely all of us were immune. I’d been sitting across the room from her. I figured I’d stay home and isolate from my family for a few days, and that would be that. And even that seemed like overkill.

The official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline stated that, since I was fully vaccinated, I didn’t need to do anything different unless I started developing symptoms. I’m an epidemiologist at a major medical research university, which has a dedicated COVID exposure hotline for staff. I called it, and workers said I didn’t need to do anything.

Then, I started to hear that a few other people who had been at the party were getting sick. Then a few more. At this point, 11 of the 15 have tested positive for COVID.

Fortunately, none of us seems to be seriously ill. When fully vaccinated people experience so-called “breakthrough” infection, they tend not to progress to serious disease requiring hospitalization, and I expect that will be the case for us. But I can tell you that even a “mild” case of COVID-19 is pretty miserable. I’ve had fever, chills and muscle aches, and I’ve been weak enough that I can barely get out of bed. I don’t wish this on anybody.

Our research group at work has shown that the COVID vaccine isn’t always fully effective in transplant recipients. I’m proud of the work we’ve done. But once I got the vaccine, I figured the COVID battle was over for me. Out of an abundance of caution I took an antibody test shortly after my second vaccine dose. It was off the charts.

As much as I hate me and my fully-vaccinated friends being sick, I’ve been thinking about what our little outbreak among means for the rest of us. Here’s what I’ve concluded:

State and local health departments, and the CDC, need to do a better job collecting and reporting data on breakthrough infections. The CDC announced in May that it was only going to collect data on breakthrough infections that led to hospitalization or death, which are fortunately rare. But that means that outbreaks like ours will fly under the radar. Any of us could infect others, apparently including other vaccinated people. It’s not clear if our group got sick because of a particularly virulent variant, because the vaccine is wearing off or for some other reason. Without good data, we’ll never know.

Fully vaccinated people exposed to COVID need to isolate at home and get tested. I thought I might be overreacting by leaving work in the middle of the day and immediately moving to our basement at home. Now I’m glad I did.

Governments and businesses should consider bringing back masking requirements, even for vaccinated people. We’re still at risk of getting sick, and we’re still at risk of infecting others. The CDC recently recommended masks for vaccinated people in areas with over 50 new infections per 100,000 people per week. In the seven days before my exposure, Montgomery County had 19.4 new infections per 100,000 people.

Pharmaceutical companies, research institutions and governments should prioritize research into booster vaccines. At one point it seemed like two mRNA doses or a single Janssen dose might be the answer. But apparently, whether because of variants or fading immunity, being “fully vaccinated” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re immune.

COVID-19 vaccines do an enormous amount of good. I expect a milder course of disease since I’m vaccinated. But COVID-19 isn’t over, even for the vaccinated. As the pandemic continues to evolve, we need to evolve with it.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. John Rogitz says

    Funny, someone complaining that vaccines don’t work urging a return to masks, which have the approximate efficacy of garlic necklaces.

  2. You load 15 tongues and what do you get?
    Anthony Fauci and deeper in debt.
    Hmmm! Anyone see my new certificate of live birth?

  3. Enrico Lagattuta says

    I suspect this liberal is full of crap!

    • You wouldn’t think so if you were the one that got Covid after being vaccinated. More and more cases are coming out!

  4. Fran Freedle says

    Just more from “medical professionals” to force Americans to get the jab. They never talk about the diminishing hospital impacts and that there are no worries about a shortage of respirators – so we can think of it as it is – another strain of the flu that we can handle using a common sense medical approach depending on the severity of our case. Will they ever stop interfering in our lives and freedom?

    • a virus breeds a virus and the human body must build immunity to combat the virus. Vaccines and masks will not build natural immunity. Do you remember as a child you played in the dirt and maybe ate bad bugs but you never got sick. Time to get outside, eat better and take a vitamin if your blood result calls for something.

  5. fed up with CA says

    Wonder if the hospitals being full are because they don’t have enough workers to tend the beds. No one wants to work now since the gov’t is paying to stay home. They have stopped reporting on testing for the vaccinated unless they are in the hospital. The vaccinated are the ones spreading the virus now since they are immune and most show no symptoms.

  6. Is the article’s information credible?
    The author claims an infection rate of 73.3% or 11/15 for 100% vaccinated individuals.
    Gavin Newsom early on last year projected a per capita inflection (Covid cases) rate of 56%.

    Using John Hopkins University (JHU) global data,
    The to-date per capita Covid case infection rate is as follows:
    World = 2.6%
    US = 10.7%
    California = 10.0%
    New York = 10.8%

    The author is claiming an infection rate, for 100% vaccinated individuals, 7 times the US infection rate that includes non-vaccinated (from March 2020 to present) and vaccinated (from February to present).

    I appreciate Steve Frank’s and other California News & Views writers. Where an article’s author is not a known credible writer, I would like to see a “Nonsense Article” alert placed in the first sentence in the CN&V summary section when very wild claims are being made by the writer.

    • Like the “Nonsense Article” idea. Save me reading some of this new science-fiction that’s out there.

  7. Carl Spackler says

    This article is pure bullshit. Go mix and mingle Covidiot MAGA heads. You’ll be doing the rest of us a favor when you die from the virus. Your orange demi-god created a vaccine for you but now you won’t take it because you lost the election. HA! You’re like children. Get over it and grow up!

    “But, but, my freedumb!” …. idiots

  8. Really??? says

    OK, the issue of vaccine is to build immunity. Can you still get the flu when you have a flu shot? Sure. The idea is it should be very very less intense.

    It would be wonderful to say there will by no illness …but then again Medicine is Medicine

    It depends on what you consider sick is.

  9. The points the article makes are moot as long as the southern border is wide open. Its much like trying to keep the house warm on a January day while the door is wide open.

  10. JimNorCal says

    “Fortunately, none of us seems to be seriously ill.”

    For many people the Delta is like Hay Fever or a mild cold.
    Also, (*looks over shoulder*) don’t tell the others but …. spoiler alert: Delta variant will also prove to have a recovery rate over 99%.

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