A vaccine... against a virus... prevents the virus from killing you...
That’s what vaccinations are. That’s exactly what vaccinations are. It’s not some grand conspiracy. That’s how your immune system works.
If you had been paying attention in biology classes, or if your mom didn’t skip science classes during your homeschooling, you’d know this.
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A Story of Two Chest X-Rays
One patient with a vaccine and one patient without. Version 2—for the crowd that wants specifics without violating patient privacy (these are published cases).
The top picture is of a 47-year-old man who received the Pfizer vaccine and developed COVID19 2 weeks after. He was overweight (BMI = 29), but without any known comorbidities. He had a runny nose, mild body aches, mild cough. His chest X-ray is relatively normal.
The bottom picture is a 50-year-old active female patient without obesity and not on medications. Her chest X-ray shows diffuse opacities, consolidations in both lungs with lung damage (all the fluffy white), and a pattern that looks like the worst feared complication of COVID19—acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). She needed intubation, mechanical ventilation, and ECMO (extra-corporal membrane oxygenation) – the most life support we can offer.
The mRNA vaccines are effective at preventing severe disease and death— even with the Delta variant. ICUs are starting to fill up with COVID19 patients again. This post was to emphasize that the vaccines are ~95% effective at preventing case 2 from happening. Of course, there are also mild cases of COVID in unvaccinated individuals.
Black lung tissue on the X-Ray is where the oxygen you breathe in gets into the blood. All the fluffy white is where the oxygen cannot get into your blood because of infection/inflammation, that’s essentially what ARDS is and the goal of mechanical ventilation/ECMO is to protect that damaged lung tissue and get the oxygen into your bloodstream and to your brain, heart and other organs.
Source: Jesse O’Shea M.D. Follow here: jesseosheamd.
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