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Vaccine downgrades disease, but many still suffer ‘long COVID’ — study

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Vaccinated Israelis who go on to contract the coronavirus experience it more mildly but can still suffer from so-called “long COVID” in signifiant numbers, a study published Wednesday suggests.

Sheba Medical Center monitored 1,497 fully vaccinated health workers starting a week after their second shot.

Its new findings on the 39 “breakthrough” infections among the health workers within three months of their second shot were published in the New England Journal of Medicine

“We found mostly a very mild infection,” said the lead author, Sheba Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit director Gili Regev-Yochay in a Wednesday press briefing. She stressed that she considers the number of breakthrough infections to be low, highlighting high vaccine effectiveness.

“About 33% were totally symptomatic and then another 10% had very mild negligible disease with just a runny nose or something like that. Only 4% of people had........

© The Times of Israel

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