In an opinion piece for The Vaccine Reaction earlier this year titled “Vaccinated Americans Count Their Blessings Despite Getting COVID,” I cited several members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who had been fully vaccinated but still tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, joining the growing number of vaccinated people in the United States being counted as COVID-19 “breakthrough cases.” Despite their vaccination status, all of the legislators expressed gratitude for the shots they received because they assumed that without them their COVID symptoms would have been much worse.1
The Senators included Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Angus King of Maine and Roger Wicker of Mississippi. The Representatives included Vern Buchanan of Florida, Joseph Morelle of New York and Darren Soto of Florida. Rather than acknowledging that the shots failed to prevent them from becoming infected with the virus, all of the legislators gave credit to the shots for their mild symptoms. Each of them related some version of the phrase, “It would’ve been worse had I not gotten the shot.”1
During the past week, there has been another round of high-profile politicians who acknowledged they tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 despite being fully vaccinated and boosted. On Dec. 19, 2021, fully vaccinated and boosted Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado announced they had come down with breakthrough coronavirus infections. On Dec. 20, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland said he had tested positive. On Dec. 21, Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota said he was positive for the virus too, as did Rep. Barbara Lee of California.2 3 4 5 6
Each of these members of Congress and governors said that their COVID symptoms were “mild” and that they seemed to be recovering just fine. Each of them also followed with a set of comments that have now come to sound very familiar.
After revealing the result of his SARS-Cov-2 test, Sen. Booker said:
My symptoms are relatively mild. I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster. I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse.5
Sen. Warren tweeted:
Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted.2 5
Rep. Crow tweeted:
I’m thankful to be fully vaccinated and boosted and experiencing only mild symptoms (the vaccine is safe and effective).5
Gov. Hogan’s tweet was more nuanced. He wrote:
This morning, as part of my regular testing routine, I received a positive rapid test for COVID-19. I have been vaccinated and boosted, and I am feeling fine at the moment. …As the Omicron variant becomes dominant, I want to urge you to get vaccinated or get your booster shot as soon as possible.3
Gov. Walz tweeted:
Thankfully, my son has mild symptoms and Gwen and I have no symptoms. My son is vaccinated, and Gwen and I are vaccinated and have our booster shots, and I am confident that these vaccines are protecting my family and me from serious illness.5
Rep. Lee said:
Fortunately, I have only mild cold-like symptoms, but I know it could have been much worse had I not been vaccinated and boosted.6
Other fully vaccinated and boosted members of Congress who have also recently tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 include House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, Rep. Antonio Delgado of New York and Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois.7
Many Unvaccinated People Who Test Positive for SARS-CoV-2 are Asymptomatic or Have Only Mild Symptoms
It’s good that, in each of these “breakthrough cases” involving fully vaccinated and boosted individuals, the infected person did not experience serious health problems. But it must be said that there also many cases of unvaccinated and unboosted people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and also experienced only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
In fact, one study conducted last year, before the experimental COVID shots were widely available to the public, found that 81 percent of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 were asymptomatic. Another study published in January 2021 estimated that about 30 percent of people who got infected with coronavirus would never develop COVID symptoms.8 9 10
Meta-Analysis Finds More Than 35 Percent of SARS-CoV-2 Cases are Asymptomatic, Regardless of Vaccination Status
A more recent study conducted by U.S. medical researchers and published in the journal PNAS on Aug. 24, 2021 estimated that 35.1 percent of SARS-CoV-2 infections never advance to a symptomatic stage. That study came to its conclusion based on a review of more than 350 studies—based on data from Jan. 1, 2020 through Apr. 2, 2021—that “reported silent infections at the time of testing, whether presymptomatic or asymptomatic.”11
This suggests that a significant number of people who become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus develop no COVID symptoms or only mild symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status… which leads to the question: “Did the vaccinated/boosted politicians who contracted SARS-CoV-2 have only mild symptoms because of the shots they received or simply because they were part of this fortunate segment of the population?”
Could the reason be that these individuals are generally healthy and, consequently, less susceptible to becoming ill with COVID or other diseases? Is it as clear-cut as, “They were vaccinated and thus they were spared from serious illness or death”? Or are there other factors that may have contributed to their ability to stave off a worse outcome?
Some Vaccinated, Boosted People Who Get COVID Become Seriously Ill and Die
How do you explain the reality that many unvaccinated/unboosted people who contract SARS-CoV-2 also experience either no symptoms or only mild ones? Furthermore, how do you explain that there are also people who have been fully vaccinated and have developed serious COVID symptoms and had to be hospitalized, and even died?12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
I noted in my article “Vaccinated Americans Count Their Blessings Despite Getting COVID that the phrase “It would’ve been worse had I not gotten the shot” reminds me of what many people who get vaccinated for influenza each year and still catch it say. Again, the question: “How do they know?”1
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1 Cáceres M. Vaccinated Americans Count Their Blessings Despite Getting COVID. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 19, 2021.
2 Clary G. 3 Democratic lawmakers announce positive Covid-19 tests. CNN Dec. 20, 2021.
3 Duster C, Sgueglia K. Larry Hogan, Maryland governor, tests positive for Covid-19. CNN Dec. 20, 2021.
4 Oshin O. Minnesota governor announces positive COVID-19 test. The Hill Dec. 21, 2021.
5 Rai S. Politicians and celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the holidays. The Hill Dec. 20, 2021.
6 McCaskill ND. Rep. Barbara Lee tests positive for COVID-19. Los Angeles Times Dec. 21, 2021.
7 Satlin A. Jim Clyburn tests positive for Covid after seeing Biden last week. NBC News Dec. 22, 2021.
8 Ing AJ, Cocks C, Green JP. COVID-19: in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton. Thorax 2020; 75: 693–694.
9 Johansson MA, Quandelacy TM, Kada S, et al. SARS-CoV-2 Transmission From People Without COVID-19 Symptoms.
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11 Sah P, Fitzpatrick MC, Zimmer CF, Abdollahi E, Juden-Kelly L, Moghadas SM, Singer BH, Galvani AP. Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PNAS Aug. 24, 2021; 118(34): e2109229118.
12 Cox I. Report: Hundreds of Fully Vaccinated Oregon Residents Die of COVID-19. The Western Journal Dec. 22, 2021.
13 Feehan K. Comedian Jethro dies aged 73 from Covid despite having had two jabs and a booster two years after he battled cancer. Daily Mail Dec. 15, 2021.
14 Loiaconi S. More vaccinated people are dying of COVID-19. Here’s what that means. NBC Montana Oct. 28, 2021.
15 Metro US. Israeli hospital reports first death of patient with Omicron variant. Metro Dec. 21, 2021.
16Myers M. One fully vaccinated service member has died of COVID-19 complications. Military Times Dec. 22, 2021.15 WPB
17 Ong D. 85 Fully Vaccinated Massachusetts Residents Die Of COVID-19 In Past Week. International Business Times Dec. 21, 2021
18 WPBF Staff. Fully vaccinated man dies from COVID-19 after month in hospital. WHSV 3 Oct. 12, 2021.
19 Young L. Some fully vaccinated people have died of COVID-19. What you need to know. Global News Oct. 20, 2021.
I question whether all these “cases of covid” are actually covid at all. If so many of them are really mild or asymptomatic, is it really covid or is the PCR test just picking up something else? We know the PCR test is extremely unreliable. I no longer believe anything Fauci and the media say.I suspect this is some other mild infection they are labeling as covid to keep the fear going and to ruin another holiday.
“How do they know?” They don’t.
This reminds me of some people in India who would make a material sacrifice to appease the “angry gods” to prevent a calamity predicted by the astrolgers. Later, even if the calamity came about, they would say, “It would have been much worse if they hadn’t made the sacrifice to appease the angry gods.”
I used to consider such people ignorant, unscientific, and superstitious.
The virus is an ecaped unfinished bioweapon that had ebola, HIV and H1N1 genetic codes stitched in. So it will deplete your immune system as will the pseudo vaccines as the COMMON antigen is the wuhan spike protein…. as the wuhan spike wasalmosrt obsolete by the time the vaccines were available hey were o solete from Day1 and can’t give immunity or stop transmission.Due to the aids like dunition of our innate immune system each repetetive infetion of the vaccinated will give worse symptoms…this has been so wth my grandchildren and wife allfully vaccinated ages from 27-72…any vaccinated people are at risk of more serious illnesses in the future and they need to study all work/treatments for long covid and anti spik medication!
If I had a dollar for every person who told me “thank goodness I had the vaccine which allowed me to have mild symptoms”…
What nonsense. I have had no mRNA injections and no flu shots and no covid or any flu for the last 22 months. How do these people know what those spike proteins are doing to their immune systems?
They don’t, but the FDA and big pharma do. Not only is thrombocytopenia a concern but ADE and cancer are also. The mRNA, from my understanding, creates a pathogen for your body to fight but it as a result it can also create cytokine storms. I feel if people keep getting boosters their immune system will eventually become extremely compromised.
I have not had any vaccines or shots in 30 years Nor have I had antibiotics in over 25 years.
These politicians get thousands of campaign money from the pharmaceuticals, so their statements are irrelevant & biased. What about the million of adverse reactions and the thousands who have died from the jab or the thousands that are now permanently injured, what good tidings do the vaxed say about those people and their lives ruined, they are nothing but hypocrites .
My niece who is NOT vaccinated and her two roommates who are fully vaccinated all got covid. They all are recovering but the two that were vaccinated had worse symptoms and did not recover as quickly. I’m not always sure what is true or exaggerated but this I was able to witness.
My 20 year old daughter tested positive for covid, she had a sore throat,, congestion, neck pain, headache and body aches. Since i didn’t have ivermectin to give her, i gave her oregano oil (gel cap) with NAC (n acetylcysteine), quercetin and zinc. She felt better after a few hours! and her symptoms all but disappeared. I believe that the oregano oil did the trick because it’s anti-parasitic like ivermectin.
If you are not taking the shot you must protect yourself with nutritious food, exercise & supplements: vitamin D3, C, Zinc & Quercetin would be key. You should learn about them and others, amounts necessary in warm & colder States. It’s been said that 75% of us are deficient in vitamin D3, learn as much as you can it’s your health. In fact, if you took the shot I would suggest the same thing but you also need to learn about “long-covid” and anything you can find on the effect of the ‘gene therapy” [vaccine] – and find a doctor who understands the danger of the gene therapy vaccines and can help strengthen your immunity. But I wouldn’t take another shot of any stripe.
My son’s mother-in-law, in her early 40’s, visited them for the holidays. A few days after she flew, she became sick. Home testing was positive for Covid. She was not “vaccinated” for Covid, and she became very ill. After a week, they brought her to the ER, where they diagnosed her with viral pneumonia. Her oxygen saturation was high enough where she did not need hospitalization- they sent her home with oral steroids and Tylenol. She has improved and is going home. My son and his wife did NOT come down with Covid, even though they were in the same household. She did isolate when they realized it could be Covid. My question is, would she have had milder symptoms if vaccinated? Who knows. Would she have been harmed by the vaccine? Maybe. We all must make our choices and live with the consequences. I am not for vaccine mandates and have chosen not to be vaccinated.
I’m a nurse. All YEAR my vaccinated patients have gotten covid. They all say they’d be better off… even as they’re gasping on high flow O2 and the next unvaccinated covid patient never needed it at all.
If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: it’s RISK group, not vaccination status that determines outcome. Specific diagnosis do not do well regardless. Healthy people do fine without vaccination and don’t need it. Women do better than men. Kids are largely fine within days to a week.
Risk group: age, low vitamin D, obesity, DM2, cardiac or vessel disease. Secondarily I have seen poor outcomes in ESRD, severely immunocompromised and COPD. The latter cases would typically not do well with any virus.
I have had both strains of covid and did fine. The second time, it was less viral and more inflammatory and I treated with supplements only. Both times I was 100% in 2 weeks- the same with all of my family members including extended and elderly. No one has needed a hospital or even got close. My immediate family have not one risk factor and extended all of the aged are mild HTN only, controlled.
I can’t stress enough that none of the people parading around their mild symptoms would likely have had anything worse.
On the flip side, I have seen more cardiac injury/events after vaccination than I have seen cardiac events in any single year in my entire career. Neurocognitive disorders are the second set I see but I have seen so much this past year….
Until I was let go for not taking the vaxx.
I got another job.
April, glad you landed on your feet after the nonsense mandates and found employment. Your comments are well-taken. Many other frontline caregivers have expressed similar concerns: a significant increase in cardio-related events, and a general failure or unwillingness of the medical authorities to acknowledge the correlation with the person being recently vaccinated. The side-effects of the vaccination are being severely under-reported. Big Pharma and the MSM are writing the first draft of history, and anyone concerned with the truth has already been demonized as anti-science, et cetera. Future generations will not look kindly on this.
A true vaccine is supposed to provide immunity, that was the CDC definition until they quietly changed it. This do not, so they are not even vaccines. People are brainwashed by manufactured fear and a continual flow of lies from Fauci and the CDC. They are lining up for unapproved, untested injections they don’t even know the long term affects of. God have mercy…
Everyone…I Urge You to read and learn all about The Cutter Incident of 1955…that speaks volumes. Blessings to all.
I read all your comments because I want to know about all aspects and experiences. Sadly, we cannot rely on any one media for our information. Thanks go out to all of you who present information, along with links or data that I would otherwise not be able to find. Since no tests were around when we had covid early January 2020 (I believe this was around from at least November 2019 in our area given the massive number of cases with matching covid symptoms). As always, I followed my usual herb/supplement protocols. I agree with Isabella that oregano (I use North American Herb & Spice Oreganol caps PN93) is amazing in many instances. I used elderberry tincture early on, fresh garlic, zinc, Oreganol, Vit C, Vit D3, hibiscus tea, holy basil tea, and Olbas cough syrup (full of herbs). Personally, this helped us get through the first wave of very nasty symptoms. Neither myself nor my husband (he has underlying concerns) needed doctor or hospital support for that illness. I cannot verify (via test results) that we had covid back then, but it was very clearly evident given the overwhelming symptoms. Later in May 2021, one month after his full vaccination with Moderna mRNA (his doctor urged him to get those shots), my husband had a severe, debilitating “head cold” as he called it. I ended up with the same days later, but it only lasted 36 hours and was very mild–I took my herbs. I have not gotten flu vaccines either for over 20 years given my highly adverse reactions to many medicines and vaccines.
While my husband did not get a test at that time (May 2021) the Delta variant was noted as being around in in our area; I believe he had that, but I cannot test verify. On another note, I would like to hear more data and perhaps be given some links to data for info presented by Mick Cross (comment above) where he discusses common antigens etc, I will definitely check out the Cutter Incident of 1955 too. Many thanks to all of you who provide logical discourse, compassionate comments, and a multitude of data and studies, along with your personal experiences. Every voice needs to be heard. I believe alternative medicine theories need to be explored more often; one size fits-all medicine does not take into account that there are many ways to view and address every problem. So many today have underlying conditions that can allow Covid (and other pathogens) to do great harm. I hope, to the best of our abilities, that we as humans learn to honor our bodies and keep them healthy to avoid so many unnecessary illnesses. Again, thank you all for speaking your truth.
Wendy Williams Graves disease got worse after covid breakthrough.
Jesse Jackson Parkinson’s got worse after covid breakthrough.
Would they be better without COVID vaccine???
Would they be better with vitamin D3 Zinc, vitamin C, oregano, olive leaf, ivermectin, …?
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Right? 🤷♀️