Although the existing vaccines offer strong protection against hospitalization, severe illness, and death, they are not 100% effective against preventing COVID-19 infection. These cases of COVID are called “breakthrough infections” where fully vaccinated people come down, in most instances, with a less severe form of the virus. (NIAID-RML via AP)AP
The existing COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against hospitalization, severe illness and death.
They are not 100% effective against preventing COVID-19 infection, though. These cases are called “breakthrough infections” where fully vaccinated people come down, in most instances, with a less severe form of the virus.
Here is what you need to know.
What are the symptoms of a breakthrough COVID case?
According to the ZOE COVID Symptom Study, the top five symptoms of a breakthrough case include the following:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell
How long could breakthrough COVID-19 symptoms last?Medical experts say it is not unusual for a person to feel breakthrough COVID-19 symptoms for several weeks, but at the same time, the worst symptoms such as a headache or cough could clear up in two weeks or less, according to Roll Call.
Can breakthrough infections cause long COVID?
According to NPR, a small Israeli study found that breakthrough infections could contribute to long COVID symptoms
The study followed 1,500 fully vaccinated health care workers. Out of those, 39 contracted a breakthrough infection, and seven reported long COVID symptoms that lasted more than six weeks, the study showed.
So yes, you can be at risk for long COVID if you catch a breakthrough infection. But it is rare for a fully vaccinated person.