One of the reasons we know so little is that the CDC collected nationwide data on all breakthrough infections for just four months before ending the practice in May. Now, the agency only follows revolutionary cases that result in hospitalization or death. CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky defended the decision last month, noting that the agency was collecting additional data from more than 20 cohorts, including groups of medical workers and people in nursing homes. long duration.
“We are absolutely studying and evaluating breakthrough infections in many different sites, many different people across the country,” Dr Walensky said. “We are reviewing this data on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, and will be reporting soon. “
The bottom line
In some ways, the fact that we know so little about the long Covid after a breakthrough infection is good news. The fact that doctors have not seen a large number of post-vaccination cases of long Covid suggests that breakthrough infections are still relatively rare, and long after vaccination Covid remains a relatively low risk.
We may find out more in the near future, as the Delta variant is causing new infections, including, presumably, more breakthrough cases. If any of these breakthrough patients develop long-lasting symptoms of Covid, they will start showing up in doctor’s offices in the coming months, said Zijian Chen, medical director of post-Covid care at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. .
Of course, the best way to avoid the long Covid is to avoid having the Covid in the first place: get vaccinated, wear a mask, and avoid spending time in enclosed public spaces when you don’t know the status. vaccination of others. “The fewer infections we have in the general population, the fewer cases of long Covid we will have,” Chen said.
You can read more in my article today on The Long Covid After Vaccination.
Tara Parker-Pope is the founding editor-in-chief of Well. You can follow her on Twitter at @taraparkerpope.
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