The coronavirus pandemic is far from over as the delta variant continues to spread. And, in some cases, fully vaccinated people are being infected, suffering from rare breakthrough cases.

Will Stone, of NPR, recently detailed what it felt like to be fully vaccinated and be infected with the coronavirus. Stone wrote that he experienced a mild breakthrough case of COVID-19, and it was nothing close to a walk in the park.

“It was a miserable five days. My legs and arms ached, my fever crept up to 103 and every few hours of sleep would leave my sheets drenched in sweat. I’d drop into bed exhausted after a quick trip down to the kitchen. To sum it up, I’d put my breakthrough case of COVID-19 right up there with my worst bouts of flu. Even after my fever cleared up, I spent the next few weeks feeling low.”

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Stone admitted that his experience would have been worse if he hadn’t been fully vaccinated.

“As I shuffled around my room checking my fever, it was also reassuring to know that my chances of ending up in the hospital were slim, even with the delta variant. And now, about a month later, I’ve made a full recovery.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data last week about severe breakthrough cases of COVID-19.

  • In total, the CDC said it has received reports of 12,908 severe COVID-19 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated people that resulted in hospitalization or death, according to CNN.
  • That’s a pretty low number compared to the 173 million people in the U.S. who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

And the CDC released data from a new study that found unvaccinated people had a five times higher chance of infection from the coronavirus and a 10 times higher chance of hospitalization. Even worse, unvaccinated people had a more than 10 times higher chance of dying from COVID-19.