The question that many ask is whether a person transmits the coronavirus after being vaccinated.

it’s possible. Experts say the risk is low, but they continue to study to what extent vaccines reduce the spread of the virus.

Available vaccines are highly effective in preventing people from developing severe COVID-19.

But although those who are immunized do not get sick, they could be infected without showing symptoms. Experts believe that the vaccine would also reduce the chances of these people transmitting the virus.

“A vaccinated person controls the virus better, so the chances of transmission will be greatly reduced”said Dr. Robert Gallo, a virologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Among the existing evidence so far: Studies suggest that if a person becomes infected despite the vaccine, they harbor less coronavirus in their nose than an unimmunized one. And this makes it difficult to spread.

To try to solve this question, the United States is beginning to study college students willing to undergo daily nasal tests.

Faced with uncertainty and the appearance of more contagious variants, experts say that those who are fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and respect social distance in public and when they visit unimmunized people who are at high risk for severe symptoms if they catch it.

“We still have to be cautious”Gallo stated. “The vaccine is essential. But it is not a panacea that will end the epidemic tomorrow. “

There are other issues that can affect the ability of an immunized person to spread the virus, such as the vaccination rate in your community or the existence of outbreaks in your area.

“We want to think that it is all or nothing, but it is very specific depending on the situation”said Dr. Laraine Lynn Washer, an infectious disease expert at the University of Michigan.

With AP information

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