May 17, 2021

We’re just doing the best we can with it.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone on the 9th member of the baseball team to test positive for COVID-19 post-vaccination.
  • Nine Yankee team members (a combination of a player, coaches, and "staff members") have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • These individuals received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Most had asymptomatic cases.
  • Why This Matters: This scenario serves as an example of "breakthrough" infections – when an individual still contracts the virus more than 14 days after being fully vaccinated. Questions have surfaced about how significant these breakthrough infections are to the individual (and their health) and to the community overall (community transmission of the virus).
  • Just a note: The CDC acknowledges breakthrough infections can happen. The CDC Director said this regarding the Yankees case: "We're still working to understand what has happened…I would consider that, when you look at the details that I’m aware of, seven of those eight were completely asymptomatic. The eighth was a mild case. They were detected on routine testing that generally doesn't happen in many other populations. This is the vaccine working. This means that you didn't get infected — or you didn't get a severe infection. You didn't require hospitalization. You didn't require death, and most likely those people were not transmitting to other people. So that is what we were working on the vaccine doing. We were hoping it would do."
  • We thought this was notable: In an interview on CBS's Face The Nation, Dr. Anthony Fauci said *this* about testing and vaccinated individuals:

    JOHN DICKERSON: A lot of people have heard about the Yankees; eight members of the club have tested positive. But it seems to bear out what you're saying, which is most of them have no symptoms. And you're- what you seem to be saying is they have no symptoms, and we don't need to worry about them spreading because they've all been vaccinated.

    DR. FAUCI: Well, yeah. I mean, it's not going to be absolute zero, but the likelihood, JOHN, of this spreading is really very, very low. And that's one of the reasons why they're even talking about if you are vaccinated, that you're going to cut down on the testing of individuals, because even if they test positive, the likelihood of their transmitting to someone else is really very, very low.

    You can watch the entire interview by clicking HERE

by Jenna Lee,