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Op-ed: My breakthrough infection underscores how fortunate I am to be vaccinated. It could have been much worse.

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Imagine my surprise when I opened the door to the dental clinic and saw that no one was wearing a mask. Not the two patients in the waiting room and not the three staffers behind the counter.

“We don’t have to wear masks?” I asked the receptionist.

She shook her head.

I was overdue for a cleaning because I’d been absent since the start of the pandemic. I probably should have walked out. But I stayed since I was fully vaccinated. And I really like my dentist since she is not stingy with Novocain, and I’ve never had a problem with the work she’s done on my original chompers.

The hygienist was new; she was filling in for the regular hygienist, who was on maternity leave. It took about 40 minutes for the X-rays and cleaning, and the sub wore a mask.

Six days later, I got the first symptoms of COVID-19 — a feeling like I wasn’t myself, and the lightheadedness and weakness that come before the flu.

On the morning of the seventh day, an eye ache prevented me from reading the newspaper, and I had a fever of 102 degrees.

On the eighth day, I still had a fever and eye pain, and I couldn’t breathe through my nose because I was so congested.

Can’t be COVID-19, I thought, since I had both Pfizer doses.........

© Chicago Tribune

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