Melissa Joan Hart has a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
“I am vaccinated and I got COVID, and it’s bad,” she revealed. “It’s weighing on my chest. It’s hard to breathe. One of my kids, I think, has it so far. I’m praying that the other ones are okay.”
Hart who shares sons Tucker McFadden, 8, Braydon Hart, 13, and Mason Walter, 15, with husband Mark Wilkerson revealed how she and her family had taken precautions throughout the pandemic until restrictions were lifted.
“I think as a country we got a little lazy and I’m really mad that my kids didn’t have to wear a mask at school. I’m pretty sure where this came from,” she said.
Hart then boasted about her youngest son for continuing to mask up, saying that he wore one to school every day “because he was used to it from last year.”
“I just really hope my husband and the other ones don’t get it, because if someone has to be taken to the hospital, I can’t go with them,” she said.
“I’m just scared and sad, and disappointed in myself and some of our leaders,” Hart continued. “I just wish I’d done better, so I’m asking you guys to do better. Protect your families. Protect your kids.”
“It’s not over yet,” she added. “I hoped it was, but it’s not, so stay vigilant and stay safe.”
While breakthrough cases are rare, they are both possible and expected, as the vaccines are not 100% effective.
That being said, vaccinated people who test positive will likely be asymptomatic or experience a far milder illness than if they were not vaccinated. Unvaccinated people make up the majority of deaths from COVID-19, closing in on 98 to 99%.
In early June, COVID-19 cases had been on the decline thanks to Americans getting vaccinated. But as the delta variant became the dominant strain in the United States, cases rose once again to levels not seen since February, when the vaccines were not readily available to all Americans.
The biggest increase in cases have been in southern states such as Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas and Florida. These states have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
Children under the age of 12 are at risk of contracting the virus, as they are not eligible to receive the vaccine yet.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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