September 28, 2021

Can a breakthrough infection lead to long haul COVID-19? San Francisco doctor explains

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — When a vaccinated particular person will get contaminated with coronavirus, it is thought-about a breakthrough case.

Whereas the signs have a tendency to be much less extreme, can a breakthrough infection nonetheless lead to long haul COVID-19?

It is a query ABC7 requested Dr. Chris Colwell, the chief of emergency drugs at Zuckerberg San Francisco Normal Hospital.

“What we’re finding is yes, there are longer symptoms. It is too early to know whether they’re similar to those that were infected prior to vaccination,” he mentioned.

Dr. Colwell says a number of the vaccinated sufferers have not had as extreme of long haul signs because the unvaccinated.

“But there are patients who have been vaccinated and have gotten COVID that are having longer term symptoms,” he mentioned.

COVID-19 long haulers endure signs like fatigue and confusion months after their prognosis.

A Stanford examine from June discovered that about 70% of sufferers hospitalized with reasonable or extreme COVID-19 suffered from long hauler signs months after their preliminary restoration.

The commonest negative effects, in accordance to the examine, are shortness of breath, fatigue and lack of ability to focus, like a mind fog.

Throughout an interview with ABC7 on Monday, Colwell additionally shared the variations he is seen in COVID-19 sufferers who’re vaccinated versus the unvaccinated.

“This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” he mentioned.

Dr. Colwell mentioned at his hospital, admitting vaccinated sufferers into the ICU, intubating them or having vaccinated sufferers die is “essentially unheard of.”

He mentioned the COVID-19 sufferers within the ICU or those that’ve died at San Francisco Normal have nearly “exclusively” been unvaccinated.

Watch the whole interview with Dr. Colwell within the media participant above. Tune into ABC7’s program “Getting Answers” each weekday at 3 p.m.

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