NEW YORK (AP) — Can I nonetheless unfold the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated?
It’s potential. Consultants say the chance is low, however are nonetheless learning how properly the photographs blunt the unfold of the virus.
The present vaccines are extremely efficient at stopping folks from getting severely sick with COVID-19.
However even when vaccinated folks don’t get sick, they could nonetheless get contaminated with out displaying any signs. Consultants assume the vaccine would additionally curb the probabilities of these folks spreading the virus.
“A vaccinated particular person controls the virus higher, so the probabilities of transmitting can be vastly lowered,” mentioned Dr. Robert Gallo a virus skilled on the College of Maryland Faculty of Drugs.
Among the many proof thus far: Research suggesting if folks do get contaminated regardless of vaccination, they harbor much less coronavirus within the nostril than the unvaccinated. That makes it more durable to unfold.
Attempting to settle the query, the U.S. is beginning a research of school college students prepared to bear every day nasal swab testing.
Given the uncertainty and the arrival of extra contagious variants, specialists say totally vaccinated folks ought to proceed to put on masks and social distance in public and when visiting with unvaccinated folks at excessive danger for extreme sickness if contaminated.
“We nonetheless need to be cautious,” Gallo mentioned. “The vaccine is important. However it isn’t a cure-all that ends the epidemic tomorrow.”
Different components may have an effect on the chance of a vaccinated particular person spreading the virus, together with vaccination charges locally and whether or not there’s an ongoing surge in circumstances regionally.
“We need to assume it’s all or none, nevertheless it’s very situation-specific,” mentioned Dr. Laraine Lynn Washer, an infectious illness skilled on the College of Michigan.
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