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Catt Sadler urges people not to “let your guard down”
The entertainment reporter, 46, said she received COVID-19 after caring for an unvaccinated person with the virus they initially thought had only the flu.
“I assumed I was fine,” Sadler wrote on Instagram. “Well, I’m not.”
Sadler said she is at home and is dealing with intense symptoms.
“Two days of fever now. My head is pounding. Extreme congestion. Even some strange pus coming out of my eyes. Severe fatigue; no energy to leave the bed,” she said.
Although the development of COVID-19 after full vaccination is rare, it is possible and “expected”, says the Centers for Disease Control, as the vaccines are not 100% effective against the virus. These cases – called breakthrough infections – are usually asymptomatic, and fully vaccinated people are much better protected against serious COVID-19 disease that can lead to hospitalization or death. Only a small fraction of fully vaccinated people, around 0.00003%, have been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the CDC.
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Sadler said her case is from the faster-spreading Delta variant that has become the dominant strain in the United States.
“Delta is ruthless and highly contagious and took hold of myself after being vaccinated,” she said.
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Saddles encouraged people to continue wearing a mask.
“If you are not vaccinated and do not use a mask, I assure you that you will not feel that way, and not only will you eventually get sick, you will spread it to others,” she said. “If you are vaccinated, do not let your guard go down. If you are in crowds or indoors in public, I strongly recommend taking extra precautions to use a mask.”
“I’m telling you this so you understand that the pandemic is NOT over,” she explained.