Weird Science – Why Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases Might Actually Be A Sign That Vaccines Work

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As the highly contagious Delta variant spreads, we are hearing more about breakthrough cases of COVID-19. That’s when a person who has been fully vaccinated still gets the virus. A report in The Atlantic says this is not proof that the shots are failing. In fact, it proves that they actually work. Vaccines are not designed to prevent the disease/virus but rather to provide you with antibodies to fight it if you are exposed. Keep in mind: no vaccine is 100% effective. People getting post-vaccination infections, the so-called breakthrough cases, are often not symptomatic at all or their symptoms will be generally gentler and faster-resolving. This is why health experts say vaccination prevents hospitalization and, most importantly, death. To help demonstrate how vaccines work, the reporter uses the analogy of protecting a castle fortress – it’s worth reading the full article!

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