Just a few months ago, hearing about a “breakthrough” COVID-19 infection seemed so rare, and it was. Now, though, with the omicron variant, the CDC is warning that breakthrough infections are common. Why, though? Does this mean that the COVID-19 vaccines don’t work?

No, it doesn’t mean that! Our AFC Urgent Care TN team explains why below, so keep reading.

What Are Breakthrough Infections?

A breakthrough case, according to the CDC, occurs when a person tests positive for COVID-19 at least two weeks after being completely vaccinated, including receiving a booster dose if eligible.

Like we said earlier, the CDC anticipates breakthrough infections since no vaccine is 100% effective in avoiding viral infection. The major purpose of immunizations, on the other hand, is to avoid serious illness and hospitalizations, which the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses have proven effective in doing.

Common Omicron Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Congestion and runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

How Useful Are Booster Shots?

Extremely useful! Booster shots have been shown to be 90% effective in avoiding omicron hospitalizations in recent CDC trials, according to studies.

While the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing early infection has waned, avoiding hospitalization and serious sickness will be the key to surviving the pandemic, which, like we said previously, the vaccines and booster shots are succeeding in doing. If you haven’t gotten your booster shot yet if you’re eligible, do so now! The following are some extra steps you can take to lower your risk of catching the coronavirus.

Ways to Prevent Omicron Infection

  • Wear a well-fitting N95 or KN95 mask. These offer the highest level of protection, according to the CDC.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often. Make sure to wash for at least 20 seconds each time to properly rid of lingering bacterial and viral particles.
  • Be smart with where you go and the events you attend. Even though physical distancing is still recommended by the CDC, not many adhere to it anymore. If you are immunocompromised, live with someone who is at high risk of becoming seriously ill or you have young children at home, you may want to be more cautious and keep your distance in public.

Have further questions about the omicron variant? We can provide some answers! Don’t hesitate to call or visit one of our AFC Urgent Care TN locations today.