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COVID-19 cases on the rise in Clark County, raising concerns for those fully vaccinated

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – As COVID-19 cases increase in Clark County, there are new fears of contracting the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Many of those who have received their full vaccination also wonder if the cough or fever means they are infected.

Experts say it’s important to remember that the pandemic is not over yet. As Nevada has reopened and mask warrants have faded, everyone still needs to be vigilant. This includes cases where people who have been fully vaccinated start to feel sick.

The COVID Delta variant is more transmissible and local vaccination rates are leveling off.

“I think that’s something to be concerned about a bit,” said Dr. Christina Madison, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Roseman University of Health Sciences.

While those who are fully vaccinated are less likely to be hospitalized, there is still a small chance of ending up with the virus.

“We know the vaccine is not a quick fix, but it is extraordinarily effective,” Madison said. “Even in the face of these variants, this is your best defense against this virus.”

So what if you are completely immune and suddenly feel sick? How do you know if it’s a rare case of COVID or just a cold?

“Unfortunately, it’s really not possible to distinguish whether or not you have COVID, the Delta variant or sometimes even the common cold,” said Dr. Marc J. Kahn, dean of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. . “The only way to know for sure if you have COVID is to get tested for COVID. “

Experts add that an increase in the common cold is not expected given all the steps we have taken to prevent COVID and now that masks are no longer mandatory.

“We’re going to see an increase in some of these other transmissible viruses,” Kahn said.

Even in these cases, it is recommended to be careful.

“If you’re sick of anything, you shouldn’t go out into situations where you can pass disease on to others, whether it’s COVID or the flu or whatever,” the infectious disease epidemiologist said. Brian Labus, Assistant Professor at the UNLV School of Public Health. “You should not pass this disease on to other people.”

And as for the coronavirus, if you’re in the crowd and you’re not sure about their vaccine status:

“It’s really probably in your best interests to wear a mask, even if the CDC doesn’t require it,” Madison explained.

Since vaccination rates in Clark County have yet to reach the herd immunity threshold, state and local leaders are trying to step up their efforts. Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the state will launch more mobile vaccination units in targeted locations and recruit new providers to deliver vaccines directly to patients.


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