“There are a few things we can say definitively. One is that this is a hard question to address.”-Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC Director

Kristen V. Brown and Rebecca Torrence
Bloomberg via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

August 21, 2021

Anecdotes tell us what the data can’t: Vaccinated people appear to be getting the coronavirus at a surprisingly high rate. But exactly how often isn’t clear, nor is it certain how likely they are to spread the virus to others. And now, there’s growing concern that vaccinated people may be more vulnerable to serious illness than previously thought.

After getting vaccinated for COVID-19, Toronto’s Jana Singer learned she’d caught COVID-19 while vacationing in Mexico. Her symptoms were mild, a trend medical experts have noticed among vaccinated patients.
(Translation: Some experts assert that covid vaccinations
act as symptom suppressants, which makes every recipient a potential super-spreader.)

There’s a dearth of scientific studies with concrete answers, leaving public policy makers and corporate executives to formulate plans based on fragmented information. While some are renewing mask mandates or delaying office reopenings, others cite the lack of clarity to justify staying the course. It can all feel like a mess.

“We have to be humble about what we do know and what we don’t know,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the head of the nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives. “There are a few things we can say definitively. One is that this is a hard question to address.”

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