What is a breakthrough infection?
An infection of a fully vaccinated person is known as a breakthrough infection. For instance, if you have received your first and second dose of Covid-19 vaccines and you still get a Covid-19 infection, this type of infection is called a breakthrough infection. According to recent studies, the Omicron variant is notorious for causing breakthrough Infections.
How do you protect yourself against a breakthrough infection?
Covid-19 vaccines acts like a shield against disease, not an impenetrable barrier, and they offer protection against the omicron variant. Health authorities say Booster shots of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are the best defense against serious illness, providing robust protection against severe disease. Your likelihood of developing a breakthrough infection is lowest if you’ve gotten the additional shot.
What should I do if i test positive for Covid-19 infection?
While some breakthrough cases are asymptomatic, experts say most tend to bring mild to moderate symptoms. A cough, a sore throat, muscle aches and a low fever are common, but keep in mind that breakthrough symptoms don’t always resemble the version of Covid-19 un-vaccinated people get. If you think you have been exposed to a person with Covid-19 or if you have symptoms , you should first contact your health care provider to determine the next steps (testings/confirmation).
Per CDC guidelines, If you don’t have any symptoms but have tested positive for the Covid-19 infection , you should isolate from others for five days, If you continue to have no symptoms, you can return to everyday life but wear a mask for another five days when you are around others. Best practice is for all those who are exposed to infection to get a Covid-19 test at day five after that exposure. If the individual has symptoms, he or she should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms those are not attributable to Covid-19, the CDC advises. Once you hit a ten days mark, you should be fine to commingle again, as long as your symptoms are improving and you have gone 24 hours without a fever without using fever reducing medications. You may still test positive after this point, but health officials says you are not contagious.
Should I ask my doctor about Covid-19 infection therapies?
Yes. If you are vaccinated, you’re probably going to bounce back from a case of Covid-19 without medical intervention. But it can’t hurt to ask, especially if you have any conditions that put you at higher risk for severe illness, especially If your symptoms get noticeably worse after a few days, call your doctor. You may need clinical treatment.
If you do not have a legitimate emergency — that is, you are not having severe symptoms such as breathing difficulties or your primary care physician has not instructed you to seek urgent care — you should avoid the emergency room, experts say.