Trivium guitarist and vocalist Matt Heafy is one of the many cases of catching COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated. In a lengthy post made by Heafy on his social media, he detailed his experience with having a breakthrough case, essentially saying it was nothing more than a kinda crappy cold.
"Comments are off where possible, and will not be read where they can't be turned off. Simply because – I know where this will unfortunately likely go with 33.3% of the people who will see this. I'm seeing a lot of panic (in media and social media and society) on 'people still getting Covid despite being vaccinated.'
"Think of my family as a mini case study.
"My dad and I have the same genetics- we're the same family. He is a marine as well. So tough as nails. My dad was 1/2 shots in (purely due to not being able to get the second in time) when he contracted COVID. 2 hospitalizations, almost dying, and now 15/16 weeks out – still has potential liver / heart / lung damage. He still feels lung tightness 17/18 weeks out.
"I was 2/2 shots in when my wife (2/2 shots in) contracted Covid (likely delta variant) from a non-vaccinated person. It went from non vax person to vax person, to our kids (non vaccinated due to being 2.5 years old), to a vaccinated person (me). While it was an annoying 'cold-like-sickness' I still was able to do Muay Thai on a heavy bag, do my mace workouts, do yoga, sing/scream on stream and perform.
"It was 4-5 annoying days, 1 slightly worse day (still streamed, still performed), then I was 80% for a couple days, then 100%. Same with my wife. Thankfully same with my kids (Mia had a fever at 103/104, Akira got to 102/103; both were good in 5ish days).
"We need to look at 'getting Covid' as a vaccinated person – the same we look at catching a cold, catching the flu. The vaccines % of efficacy was % of you not being hospitalized. Just like the flu shot (at its 40-50% efficacy of that).
"I want tours back, I wanna eat at restaurants and share food with my hands, and take bites of my friends food, share drinks with friends, train jiu jitsu and freely have my partner's sweat drop into my mouth/ nose/ eyes and not care.
"Anyone who says this is a political thing – is wrong and is likely scared. I had the vaccine, I have not fallen in my output in anything I do. I'm still training, making music, and ready as hell to get back to playing shows, getting in the crowd, hugging all of you, and eating everywhere.
"If you see someone choosing to wear a mask – remember there are far many more health issues than just what's happening right now. I have many high risk family and friends who cannot risk even getting this weakened (vaccinated) Covid. It could kill them or a loved one. Respect one another. Don't make this about something it isn't.
"Let's get back to having shows! Can't wait to see you all on the upcoming megadeth, lamb of god, hatebreed run!"
According to a recent article published by CNN, less than than 0.004% of fully-vaccinated people experienced a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization, and less than 0.001% died.
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