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More “boosted” Americans came down with COVID-19 than those vaccinated without a third jab in April, leading health officials to offer theories on how that could be possible.
John Moore, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, told CBS News that he believes one of the factors in play is that people who are boosted believe that they’re “more protected than they actually are, so they increased their risks.”
“That, I think, is the major driver of these statistics,” he said.
The report pointed to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the rate of infections among boosted Americans was 119 cases per 100,000. The number was more than double the amount of infections for those who were vaccinated but not boosted.
The CBS report said federal data suggested that deaths and hospitalizations were lowest among individuals who were boosted. Vaccinated children aged 5–11 are at the highest risk of infection overall, MacIver Institute, a think tank in Wisconsin said. Their rate of infection is 902.1 per 100,000, which is nearly three times the rate of infection as their unvaccinated peers.
The number of COVID-19 infections seems to be exploding across the U.S. and some hospitals are beginning to see an increase in patients. San Diego County said eight more individuals are being treated for COVID-19 inside hospitals than last week, which brings the current number to 210. Of those, 29 were being treated in intensive care.
The omicron (B.1.1.529) variant has an “increased capacity to elude immunity and cause breakthrough infections,” according to a recent study in Lancet.
Federal data shows that despite widespread vaccination among seniors, virus death rates among the age group surged to near-record levels during the first omicron wave, according to ABC News.
The report said about 90 percent of American seniors have been fully vaccinated, but that number drops dramatically when it comes to getting booster shots. Only 30 percent of those seniors have received the third jab and about 28.5 percent received a fourth shot. The report said nearly three-quarters of the deaths due to the virus were among those over 65.
Vaccine makers are preparing another jab just in time for Halloween.
“It's unclear what the mix will be in the vaccine that's used in the fall, but there's a very good chance that it'll be against the original Omicron,” Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and KHN editor-at-large, told Axios.
“But it's really unclear that it's going to be much of an improvement versus the original vaccine when BA.4 and BA.5 are so significantly different than the original Omicron,” she said. “It's pretty challenging. We're very much behind the virus given the speed at which it's moving.”
TRENDPOST: Health experts are already warning that another COVID wave seems to be forming just in time for the summer months in the U.S. due to the Omicron sub variants BA.4 and BA.5.
Dr. Christopher Doehring, vice president of medical affairs at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis, told News 8 that these sub variants make up less than 10 percent of the cases in the U.S., but the number is accelerating.
“Those variants are out-competing the other omicron sub-variants,” he said. “They appear to be a little more contagious, and they are able to evade the immunity that has already been established.”
The Trends Journal has reported on the vaccine shortcomings since they were released after Operation Warp Speed. (See “COVID BOOSTERS ARE THE FUTURE?” “COVID JABS: STRIKE THREE,” and “LACK OF OFFICIAL CDC VAX GUIDANCE. COVID FREAKS IN CHARGE.”)
The Trends Journal has also reported on the data that has questioned the efficacy of mask mandates, social-distancing guidelines, Plexiglas dividers, washing down surfaces, and devastating lockdowns because we knew that these important decisions were not science or data-based, but rather based on politics.
TREND FORECAST: We still hear nothing from political leaders, their health “experts,” or mainstream media about the most natural, self-controlling safety feature against any virus: Keeping one’s immune system strong through healthy eating, exercise, and activities that bring joy and beauty into one’s life.
Moreover, the vaccines were promoted by politicians and the media as a passport to COVID Freedom, meaning if you got the vaccination, you were safe from catching the virus.
But that is no longer the message, meaning, as with the flu vaccine, there will be ongoing pressure each year to get re-vaccinated.
Also missing in their reporting of fighting the COVID War, is that those with pre-existing comorbidities who are most susceptible to getting the virus must be protected, rather than politicians forcing their draconian mandates on the general public.
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