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Hilary Duff Has a Breakthrough Case of COVID-19

Hilary Duff recently shared that she has contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

The Lizzie McGuire and Younger star updated fans via her Instagram Story on Friday, August 20, telling her followers that she’s been diagnosed with COVID, despite being vaccinated. “That delta, she’s a little b*tch,” Hilary wrote over a selfie. The actor added that her symptoms include a “bad headache,” “no taste or smell,” “sinus pressure,” and “brain fog.” Hilary ended her note by writing that she’s “happy to be vaxxed,” adding a peace sign for emphasis. Her announcement comes just days after she began filming the upcoming sequel series to How I Met Your Mother.

While breakthrough cases do happen, they are still rare, and life-threatening symptoms in fully vaccinated people are also rare. According to data collected by the New York Times, breakthrough cases account for a very small percentage of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths in states across the country. As Roger Shapiro, an MD, MPH, and associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, previously told Teen Vogue, “These vaccines are so extraordinarily good at keeping people out of the hospital and [from] dying,” adding that fully vaccinated people are 25 times less likely to face hospitalization or death if they contract COVID-19 (hence why Hilary was so grateful for her vaxxed status).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that breakthrough cases are expected with any vaccine, even though the vaccine is working as expected.

Complicating things is the highly contagious Delta variant along with the number of people who are choosing not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC reports that an estimated 169 million people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated as of August 20, which is 59% of the population of U.S. people over the age of 12. And while any progress is important, health officials have warned that more vaccinations need to happen in order to fully combat the virus. “You can’t control a pandemic when 30 percent or even half the people are immunized,” Dr. Drew Weissman, a physician and infectious disease expert at the University of Pennsylvania, told PBS, adding that the variants could place too much pressure on the vaccines and the portion of the population who received them.

Similarly, Shapiro previously told Teen Vogue that the more people who aren’t vaccinated, the more chance the virus has to evolve. “That’s the concern going forward — that we will have variants that could start to outsmart the vaccine,” he explained, adding: “The really good news right now is that the vaccines work very well against virtually all the variants that we’ve encountered.”

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