Public well being officers report greater than 7,000 breakthrough COVID instances in Connecticut – NBC Connecticut

They are known as breakthrough cases: Vaccinated people who get COVID-19. And it’s happening right here in Connecticut.

There are more than 7,000 breakthrough cases and 53 deaths.

“When vaccines were first introduced, it was easy to roll up your sleeve and get vaccinated and it will protect you,” said Anthony Santella, professor of public health administration at the University of New Haven.

Turns out…

“You are not a magic shield that prevents every single infection,” he said.

According to the country, 7,121 vaccinated people have been infected with COVID-19 and 53 have died. The vaccinated deaths account for 5.8% of all COVID-19 deaths since February.

“The COVID deaths in fully vaccinated people are by far being driven by the population over 75,” Santella said.

State officials reported that 38 of the 53 deaths were people over the age of 75.

“I’ll be taking COVID every day as a fully vaccinated person because I know my results are more likely to be more successful than if I were an unvaccinated person,” Santella said.

“This is still an unvaccinated pandemic,” he added.

The state’s new data this week shows that people who are not vaccinated are five times more likely to be infected than those who are vaccinated. The data also shows that the risk of hospitalization is 16 times higher for those who are not vaccinated.

“The majority of people who are in the intensive care unit, intensive care unit, ventilator or who have unfortunately died are not vaccinated,” said Dr. Ulysses Wu, an infectious disease specialist at Hartford Healthcare.

Wu said the purpose of the vaccine is to change the course of the virus.

“To take a potentially fatal disease and turn it into something easy,” added Wu.

He said there are still five things people must do to stay safe.

“There are five layers of protection that we use to protect ourselves from COVID. Number one and the most important is vaccination, ”he said.

The Office of the Director of the National Intelligence Service released its most thorough report yet on the possible origins of COVID-19.

Wu said masking, social distancing, and hand washing are still important. But he asks people to avoid risky behavior.

“Don’t go to an indoor dinner with 50 people who have poor air circulation and you don’t know if they are vaccinated or not,” said Wu.

“If you put yourself in risky situations, there is a chance you could get infected,” he added.

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