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What It’s Like To Get COVID-19 After a Vaccine, According to People Who Had ‘Breakthrough’ Infections – Business Insider

Read article – Lisa Adams, associate dean for global health and professor of medicine, is quoted in an article on individuals that contract COVID-19 after having been fully vaccinated. “We know there are and will be some breakthrough infections in individuals who are vaccinated – at least until we get to a point where there is very little virus circulating,” Adams said. “The good news is that their illness should be very mild.”

World’s Most-Vaccinated Nation Activates Curbs as Cases Rise – Bloomberg

Read article – Daniel Lucey ’77, Geisel ‘82, clinical professor of medicine, is quoted in an article on the resurgence of COVID-19 in the Seychelles. The country had already vaccinated more of its people against the coronavirus than any other nation, using both the AstraZeneca and the Sinopharm vaccines. “Given the widespread international use of these two vaccines there are global implications to what is happening now in the Seychelles,” Lucey was quoted as saying in a blog post.

A Push to Reach Herd Immunity by Getting Vaccines to the Hesitant – Concord Monitor

Read article – Michael Calderwood, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article on efforts to convince individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Calderwood said the exact percentage required to achieve herd immunity is dependent on the contagiousness of the virus and the vaccine’s effectiveness at preventing the virus from spreading – both of which have been debated since new variants have taken hold in the United States.

U.S. Health Care Sector Combatting One Crisis, but Contributing to Another: Climate Change – The Baltimore Sun

Read article – A commentary co-authored by Sathvik Namburar, MED ’22, explains that, “The American health care sector is responsible for approximately 8-10% of the country’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; if our health care sector were its own country, it would be the 13th largest source of GHG emissions worldwide.” The co-authors add that, “A primary, and understudied, inefficiency within the health care sector is the physical waste produced in hospitals and health centers.” (Similar coverage in Becker’s Hospital Review).

Coronavirus FAQ: What Does It Mean If My Ears Ring Or Toes Hurt After A Vaccine? – NPR

Read article – Features information from Lisa Adams, MED ’90, associate dean for global health and professor of medicine, on how we need to be careful about making assumptions about symptoms that may be associated with the COVID-19 vaccine. The article summarizes Adams comments by saying, “Unlike the much more common COVID vaccine side effects — like fever, chills, and headache — there isn’t really great data about these unusual cases,… Information about things like vertigo and ear-ringing are still being collected on a mass scale and we still can’t say with certainty that these more unusual effects are causally tied to the vaccine.”