The news media reports on every case of someone contracting Covid-19 after being fully vaccinated.
At this time, the state has identified 102 “break through cases” out of 1.2 million fully vaccinated people or 0.01% (which is likely to climb higher as more data is collected, over time).
How does this compare to vaccines for other diseases?
- About 3 in 100 fully vaccinated for measles will contract measles – or 3%.
This is common in viruses for which people have become vaccinated. But with other viruses, we do not receive daily reports on each and every break through case.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, news reports repeatedly sensationalized the ordinary.
- “Asymptomatic cases” – up to almost 3 out of 4 cases of polio were asymptomatic. One study estimated up to 3 out of 4 cases of influenza, one year, were asymptomatic. “Asymptomatic” which sounded like some scary feature from a horror movie turns out to very common.
- For all of 2020, we were told there was no evidence that having Covid-19 provides future immunity. In almost all viral diseases, with few exceptions, having a disease does provide future immunity.
- Then we were told for almost a year there is no proof that Covid-19 antibodies will last long – even though studies on SARS-CoV-1 have shown immunity lasting for years.
- Now we have almost daily news reports of “break through” cases among the vaccinated. Since vaccines are not 100% effective this is normal.
The news media has exaggerated and sensationalized all aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, sometimes with help of scary statements from public health “experts”.
I lived through the 1968 global novel influenza pandemic. There was little news coverage. Schools remained open. Businesses remained open. The CFR was 0.5%, with Covid-19 about 2.5 times greater than that. There was no panic as there has been today. The main difference between then and now is saturation news coverage, daily body counts, daily “positive test case counts”, and reporting on features and assertions that are not common, warping the public’s view and creating unnecessary hysteria and fear.