Recently, there has been a spate of stories about so-called “breakthrough” COVID-19 infections — that is, cases where those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 ended up testing positive for the disease anyway.
According to CDC documents obtained by NBC News, such breakthrough infections are extremely rare. Despite the fact that the vast majority of new COVID hospitalizations are those who haven’t been vaccinated, many are still showing skepticism on this matter.
Trust the CDC?
As of right now, more than 156 million Americans have been vaccinated for COVID-19. According to the CDC, there have only been about 153,000 breakthrough infections so far, or about 0.098% of the total.
Why, then, are we hearing so much about these breakthrough cases? Why are there so many stories about people mysteriously dropping dead shortly after being vaccinated?
One possibility is that breakthrough infections and vaccine-related deaths are a “man bites dog” story — rare, but extremely attention-grabbing. Another more nefarious possibility is that breakthrough infections and complications are being underreported.
Both viewpoints have things that can be said in their favor. In favor of the former view is the fact that all vaccines will naturally have at least some adverse effects on at least some people. In favor of the latter view is the fact that the PCR test which detects the presence of the virus is known to have been made far too sensitive in many cases, thus triggering an enormous number of false positives.
Furthermore, reports from Project Veritas and others have shown that hospitals have been incentivized to list as many deaths and illnesses as possible as stemming from COVID-19, even when the reality is otherwise.
If people have been misled about these and so many other issues, why not also about the prevalence of breakthrough infections?
All of this confusion and latent distrust would never have existed if the authorities had simply been honest with the public from the beginning. But they haven’t been, and so suspicion persists. This is why many blame the CDC for “vaccine hesitancy.”
Who can blame people for being skeptical?