NEW YORK (AP) — Can I nonetheless unfold the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated?
It’s doable. Specialists say the chance is low, however are nonetheless finding out how effectively the photographs blunt the unfold of the virus.
The present vaccines are extremely efficient at stopping individuals from getting critically sick with COVID-19.
However even when vaccinated individuals don’t get sick, they could nonetheless get contaminated with out exhibiting any signs. Specialists assume the vaccine would additionally curb the possibilities of these individuals spreading the virus.
“A vaccinated particular person controls the virus higher, so the possibilities of transmitting will likely be tremendously diminished,” mentioned Dr. Robert Gallo a virus knowledgeable on the College of Maryland College of Drugs.
Among the many proof to date: Research suggesting if individuals do get contaminated regardless of vaccination, they harbor much less coronavirus within the nostril than the unvaccinated. That makes it tougher to unfold.
Making an attempt to settle the query, the U.S. is beginning a research of school college students keen to bear each day nasal swab testing.
Given the uncertainty and the arrival of extra contagious variants, specialists say totally vaccinated individuals ought to proceed to put on masks and social distance in public and when visiting with unvaccinated individuals at excessive danger for extreme sickness if contaminated.
“We nonetheless should be cautious,” Gallo mentioned. “The vaccine is important. However it’s not a cure-all that ends the epidemic tomorrow.”
Different elements may have an effect on the probability 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, however it’s very situation-specific,” mentioned Dr. Laraine Lynn Washer, an infectious illness knowledgeable on the College of Michigan.
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