Hilary Young et trois autres adultes entièrement vaccinés de sa famille sont tombés malades après que l'une des conseillères du camp de ses filles ait été testée positive pour COVID-19. </p><div> <ul class="summary-list"><li>Une mère entièrement vaccinée a été testée positive pour COVID-19 après qu'un conseiller du camp d'été de sa fille soit rentré chez lui malade du coronavirus.</li>
After more than a year of careful masking, distancing and worrying about contracting COVID-19, Hilary Young has been fully vaccinated with mRNA injections and ready to have some fun this summer with her family.
“We had a hot vax summer, and it went off the rails,” Young told Insider, after she and her six-year-old daughter tested positive for COVID-19.
She suspects their illnesses could be part of a much larger epidemic, which may have started at a summer camp. Anecdotal data suggests there could be many more like this now that the more infectious Delta variant is present, and few vaccinated people get tested for their mild cold-like symptoms.
“All of us with young children are a huge unvaccinated population,” Young said of children under 12 (who cannot yet get vaccinated in the United States). “I think our children are making Trojans to us. They are the front door. “
She views her story as a cautionary tale of the dangers of the spread of COVID-19 among vaccinated adults.
“My worst fear happened, we survived it, and I think it was a direct result of the vaccination,” said Young, who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A trip to the beach, where fully vaccinated adults fell ill
The illnesses began after Young’s daughters attended a summer camp the week before the July 4 weekend.
One of the girls’ counselors came home sick at the start of the week. It was not until Friday that campers and their parents learned that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
By that time, it had already been three days and Young’s daughters were showing no symptoms, so they went to join the extended family at the beach for the vacation.
“We were like, ‘Okay, even if the children are sick, everything will be fine, everything will be fine, we are all vaccinated,’” she said.
All weekend long, her three-year-old daughter was “insanely cranky.”
“Lots of collapses, lots of tantrums, very tired, but no noticeable symptoms,” she added.
Monday night her six-year-old daughter was feeling tired. She then developed a mild fever, headache, runny nose, and nausea.
Some of the elderly at the beach house also started to feel unwell, with fatigue and sore throats.
“There were six [fully] vaccinated adults in the house, ”Young said. “Four of us experienced symptoms.
Young underwent a lab test for her six-year-old at a pharmacy, who came back positive for COVID-19.
“We have gone to great lengths over the past year and a half to keep our children safe,” she said. “I think everyone was very accommodating, happy to get their life back, feeling like it was over. “
More like a cold than COVID-19
Young did a BinaxNOW home rapid test on herself once she developed symptoms.
“I just started sobbing because it was like ‘oh my God I have, COVID I can’t believe this is happening’,” she said, phoning her doctor.
“I said to myself: what should I do? And she said ‘nothing… you just need to quarantine and you should be fine.’ “
For those vaccinated, COVID-19 can appear to be a mild illness.
Young’s symptoms started with a sore throat, then “complete congestion” and some dizziness. She said she had used NyQuil for sleep for about a week and Tylenol Cold & Sinus for congestion relief.
“I lost my sense of taste and smell, which is just starting to come back a bit now,” she added, but “I never had chills. I have never had any breathing problems. “
“It wasn’t that bad for me,” Young added, sharing that some of his unvaccinated friends think his story is another reason they don’t need to be vaccinated. She couldn’t disagree more.
“I billed clients for 25 hours last week,” the branding consultant said. “Even though I wasn’t feeling well, I was functioning. I don’t think this will be the case for unvaccinated people. “
What we know about children and the transmission of COVID
While it’s hard to know for sure how she and her daughter caught COVID-19, Young says it’s not hard to imagine how the pathogen could have traveled from the camp, through the girls, then to the vaccinated seniors in their beach house.
“I don’t know if you have children, but my children are constantly in front of me, there is no personal space,” she said.
Early research suggests that it may be easier to catch COVID-19 from unvaccinated children now than it was months ago. A Chinese preprint study found that the viral load of people with Delta is about 1,000 times higher than previous versions of the virus.
Delta “can get stronger and cause infection more easily,” said Dr. Hilary Babcock, medical director of infection prevention at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals in Missouri. Babcock said some fully vaccinated staff at his hospital are also infected by their children.
“Infected people spread more viruses around them because they have more viruses in their airways,” she added.
However, the same disease prevention measures that many educators adopted last year may still work to crush transmission in the classroom. A recent prepublication in the UK even suggests that rapid daily testing of pupils may work as well as isolation to prevent further spread in schools.
The CDC “is not going to have the right data”
Young wanted to inform the CDC of his decisive case, but found there was nowhere to report it to the agency. (The CDC only closely monitors severe breakthrough cases, those requiring hospitalization.)
“My symptoms looked exactly like a cold,” Young said. “If we hadn’t known my daughter’s counselor had tested positive, we would never have assumed it was COVID. We would never have been tested. And we would have gone out into the world. ”