COVID-19 still remains a threat to the immunocompromised, even if they have been vaccinated.
Many people with compromised immune systems feel trapped, lonely, frustrated, or angry due to the potential harm of a COVID-19 infection.
An increased risk for deadly COVID-19 leaves some in isolation
Many Americans have re-incorporated pre-pandemic activities into their daily lives. For the immunocompromised, COVID-19 could be deadly and resuming to normal might not be safe yet. Read more about it here.
Chuck Lage, 63, of Landenberg in Chester County, said that at the beginning of the pandemic, “we felt the rest of the world began to understand how we had always lived our lives.”
He adds that, “this has changed again you tend to be forgotten.”
People that have a compromised immune system still have heightened risks even with vaccines.
The precautions this population has taken have led to damaged relationships and shrinking social circles for many.
Who has a compromised immune system?
The country has seven million immunocompromised people. This group accounts for 2.7% of the population.
The immune system can be damaged from genetics, illnesses like HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or medical treatments, including cancer therapies. Transplant patients are also more vulnerable to infection.
This group has an increased risk of getting infected, but are less likely to get full protection from the vaccines.
Once vaccinated, they are three times more likely to develop breakthrough COVID-19 infections. This is in comparison to people with healthy immune systems.
Immunocompromised people everywhere are still making sacrifices.
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