Infection Vs Vaccine: What You should know about covid-19 Vaccine?
In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have a pandemic on our hands. But since we do, we have to think about a perfect world where a novel virus has killed well over 2.4 million people globally.
“There are two ways of curbing a pandemic,” You can either have natural disease in most of the population such that people recover and become immune or you can have a vaccine which artificially induces that immunity.” By this point, you’ve possibly heard about the “herd.” That’s us. We’re all this great big herd. Immunity means that you, a person in the herd, cannot transmit.
Now, herd immunity is the dreamy-dream goal. But again, to achieve that herd immunity for a virus and offer protection to the remainder of folks out there, generally about 70 to 90 percent of a population needs to be immune to infection. As there are two ways to get there: infection or vaccination. And having an infection is no guarantee of immunity or the reduced potential for transmission.
The first option is not very appealing, because, of course, no one wants people to have to get sick from an illness where the outcomes are very uncertain. And we’re still learning that several months after COVID-19, people are still having trouble getting back to their usual self.”
The first thing to realize is that a vaccine can’t do anything if people don’t go out and get it. If a fire breaks out and you’ve got access to a fire extinguisher, isn’t it a no-brainer to take aim? And if it’s a big fire, the more people you have trying to put it out, the better.
Right now, there are two COVID-19 vaccines available in the Pakistan: the Pfizer-BioN Tech and the Moderna vaccine and they require two shots several weeks apart. But more vaccines are in the pipeline, undergoing phase 3 clinical trials and the application process for health department.
Both of these messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines teach our cells to create a part of the spike protein that’s found on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Our immune system then sees this spike fella and decides it doesn’t belong. So it builds an immune response by making antibodies and T cells.
Then, if you come into contact with the actual virus later on, your body remembers its immune response and gets to work fighting off that bad guy ASAP. No actual virus goes into your body with an mRNA vaccine. And no, your DNA is not changed through vaccination. That’s a myth.
Get yourself vaccinated ASAP! Depending on your circumstances, you may not have access to the vaccine yet. Check your state’s health department website for availability. “If it becomes available to you, that’s an opportunity you should avail yourself of.” Make a plan to rally friends or family members to go with you while practicing social distancing, of course.
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all tired of it. We want our normal lives back. And now we’re being told that a vaccine is the only way to get back to some aspect of the way life used to be.
With my compromised immune system, I can’t risk getting this virus. All I have to look forward to is a day, hopefully, when it’s a little safer to go out in public. No question as soon as I can, I will get the vaccine. But I have zero control over what everyone else will do. If you’re hesitant to get a vaccine when one is available, I plead for you to read the science and to remember this closing note “The vaccine serves a greater social good as well as an individual good.”
The available vaccines have an effectiveness rate of about 95 percent once you’re 2 weeks out from receiving that second shot. That means there’s a 95 percent chance whichever vaccine you get will protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. However, experts are still studying whether vaccinated peeps can contract an asymptomatic infection and transmit it to another person.
And that’s one of the reasons life doesn’t morph back into some sort of pre-corona unicorn once you’re vaccinated. You still need to do all the same jazz: Wear your mask, maintain a 6-foot distance from others, avoid crowds, practice good hand hygiene, etc.