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Sen. Lindsey Graham diagnosed with COVID-19, touts vaccine as reason case is mild

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WASHINGTON, DC (WPTA21) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and will self-quarantine for the next 10 days.

The South Carolina Republican announced the news on Twitter Monday afternoon, explaining that he went to see a Congressional physician when he started showing symptoms.

Graham is fully vaccinated.

"I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now," he said. "My symptoms would be far worse."

More than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccine does not, however, guarantee that an individual will not contract the virus. Breakthrough cases have been largely, but not exclusively, found in adults age 65 and older.

The CDC reports:

  • Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected. COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people. There will be a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.
  • More than 163 million people in the United States have been fully vaccinated as of July 26, 2021. Like with other vaccines, vaccine breakthrough cases will occur, even though the vaccines are working as expected. Asymptomatic infections among vaccinated people will also occur.
  • There is some evidence that vaccination may make illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick.
  • Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States offer protection against most SARS-CoV-2 variants currently circulating in the United States. However, variants will cause some vaccine breakthrough cases.

Additional information on breakthrough cases is available here.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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