Let’s talk about it – Covid-19

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 7:33am

This is the first in a series whereby readers submit questions on a particular topic for Dr. Warcup to address. The first topic is Covid. The next topic will be aging in place.
Question: Are people with breakthrough cases less likely to spread the virus than unvaccinated people?

Answer: Thank you for the question.

People that have been previously vaccinated and unfortunately get a breakthrough case of coronavirus are just as likely to spread the virus as a person that is unvaccinated. The benefit of vaccination is that the vaccinated person is significantly less likely to develop significant illness that may lead to hospitalization.

People that asymptomatically test positive and are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine, but should be wearing a mask outside of your immediate family. We know that Covid spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs,
sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.
If a fully vaccinated person or unvaccinated person develops symptoms and tests positive, please isolate at home and con-
tact your healthcare provider.                                                                                                                             

As of the time of this post, Rhode Island only has a one percent breakthrough rate among the 642,876-plus Rhode Islanders vaccinated. More encouraging news is that only 0.05 percent of those fully vaccinated have led to a hospitalization.
A key takeaway is to get vaccinated! All adults have the choice of getting vaccinated, but remember that you do not get to choose how severely others react after contracting the virus.