‘Unusual’ for vaccinated NC State baseball players to test positive for COVID-19, Triangle health experts say

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — After COVID-19 forced NC State to pull out of the College World Series, the university reported that some of the players who tested positive had already been vaccinated.

Infectious disease experts from Duke and UNC say it’s unusual if the players were fully vaccinated.

“The reality is that for people who are vaccinated, the number of breakthroughs is usually incredibly low,” explained Duke infectious disease expert Dr. Cameron Wolfe.

Currently, the CDC only tracks breakthrough cases that result in hospitalization or death. CDC statistics show 4,115 such cases among more than 150 million fully vaccinated people.

If fully vaccinated people test positive, doctors say they are less likely to get very sick and less likely to spread the virus.

“If you are unlucky enough to be one of the breakthroughs, your symptoms are mild; often they are non-existent,” Wolfe said.

“If you cough or sneeze on me and you’re dripping with COVID-19, it’s not like an impermeable vaccine that will stop the virus from getting into my nose,” the UNC infectious disease expert explained, Dr. David Wohl. “It might get into my nose and stay there for a bit, but hopefully the vaccine will help me fight it and make it less likely to hurt me or pass it on to other people. “

Even with the more contagious Delta variant becoming more common in the United States, doctors say the vaccines we have still protect people from the worst consequences of COVID.

“At the end of the day, surely the biggest benefit of any vaccine is preventing you from getting sick enough to go to the hospital or God forbid, that’s the goal here,” Wolfe said.

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