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The CDC reveals who is really getting the severe breakthrough COVID-19 cases

The risk of severe breakthrough COVID-19 cases is higher for specific people over others

Catherine Jeppsen helps her daughter as she attempts to collect saliva for a COVID-19 test.
Catherine Jeppsen helps her daughter as she attempts to collect saliva for a COVID-19 test outside of the Mount Olympus Senior Center in Millcreek on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new data about who is suffering from severe breakthrough cases of COVID-19, and it’s inline with information we’ve read before.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new data about who is suffering from severe breakthrough cases of COVID-19, and it’s inline with information we’ve read before.

How many breakthrough cases are there?

The CDC said it received reports of 12,908 severe COVID-19 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated people, which resulted in hospitalization or death, according to CNN.

  • In total, 173 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • According to CNN, these numbers suggest you have a 1 in 13,000 chance of getting a severe breakthrough cases of COVID-19 if you’re fully vaccinated.

Who is getting severe breakthrough cases?

Per CNN, the new CDC data suggests that 70% of the breakthrough cases that led to hospitalizations are among those 65 and older.

  • Close to 87% of those cases that resulted in death were 65 and older, too.

This seems to fit information we’ve heard before. Reports surfaced earlier in August that weaker and frail people were often infected with COVID-19 and often suffered from worse symptoms, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

What are your chances of getting COVID-19?

A new report from The New York Times suggested that the chances of fully vaccinated people getting infected by the novel coronavirus are about 1 in 5,000. That’s based on data from Utah and Virginia, as well as Washington State’s King County, which includes Seattle.

However, the chances slim to 1 in 10,000 for communities where there’s higher vaccination rates, like much of the Northeast, Chicago and Los Angeles.

  • “Here’s one way to think about a 1-in-10,000 daily chance: It would take more than three months for the combined risk to reach just 1%,” according to The New York Times.