Scary information headlines got here out once more right this moment concerning the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA and CDC announced a pause on the rollout of this vaccine out of the outdated “abundance of warning” following studies of six circumstances of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis (CVST) (clots within the mind) with low platelets. This follows comparable studies of clots following the Astra Zeneca vaccine.
Do you have to be afraid of those vaccines? No approach. We have to all step again, take a deep breath, and put this in perspective.
The Covid vaccines are extremely protected and much, far safer than getting a coronavirus an infection. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Nearly 7 million doses of J&J vaccine have been administered. What number of circumstances of CVST have been discovered? Six.
These clots all occurred in girls who obtained the vaccine six to 13 days earlier. CDC and FDA officers held a joint press convention this morning. They defined that a couple of recipients of both the AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines are experiencing this uncommon potential aspect impact. Each vaccines depend on adenovirus vectors and use comparable expertise. There have been greater than 180 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines administered with no comparable circumstances reported, per the FDA’s Dr. Peter Marks. He elaborated that what is exclusive with this new syndrome is the mixture of cerebral venous thrombosis with low platelets, and cautioned that physicians want to acknowledge this and know to not give heparin, the standard therapy for clots, which may worsen this.
In distinction, there have been extra that 10 million circumstances of Covid-19 within the US, with a death rate from Covid of 1.8%, or almost 2 in 100 people. The danger of the CVST related to J&J is 1 in one million. That of AstraZeneca is estimated at 1/250,000. Which threat would you moderately take?
What occurs in case you get Covid-19?
Relying in your age, most individuals will get better from a Covid an infection. However nearly 2% will die and 10-15% become severely ill, usually for a chronic interval. Even amongst younger adults, age 18-34, who had been beforehand wholesome, ~25% reported prolonged symptoms, weeks later.
Whereas “lengthy Covid,” also called “lengthy haulers” or now PASC (“post-acute sequelae of COVID-19”) is as but poorly outlined, most would name persistent Covid-19 to be persistent in those who are still symptomatic after three months. Estimates are that not less than 10% of people who become ill with Covid-19 develop PASC.
What else causes clots?
Clots are widespread, particularly in girls. The FDA notes that 1-5 of 10,000 women who’re neither pregnant nor utilizing contraception drugs, will develop a blood clot. Being pregnant will increase that threat to 5-20/10,000. Within the postpartum interval, 40-65/10,000 of the ladies will expertise clotting. Serena Williams nearly died from a pulmonary embolism (blood clot to her lung) and problems following childbirth. Of ladies who simply use contraception drugs, 3-9/10,000 will develop a clot.
As quite a lot of individuals have famous, girls are anticipated to take the dangers of being pregnant or contraception with out many giving it a second thought. Now there may be sudden panic about these Covid-19 vaccines.
In each women and men, extended mattress relaxation and surgical procedure, particularly of the hip or knee, are additionally related to clots.
Once more, let’s put the vaccine dangers in perspective. There have been a handful of circumstances of CVST seemingly related to adenovirus based mostly vaccines. Within the US, 87 kids die each year, drowning at home, most whereas bathing.
Lightening strikes 1 in 700,000 people per yr within the US and has killed hundreds.
We received’t even go into particulars about deaths from medication, alcohol, or weapons…however a present estimate of the risk of death from guns is 1 in 100. This rises to 1 in 40 lifetime threat for Black boys.
The FDA and CDC are pressured to pause these vaccinations by political pressures, not rational, scientific knowledge. The anti-vaccine rhetoric is solely out of hand.
Inform me once more why you’re afraid of the Covid-19 vaccine? The primary unwanted effects I skilled after receiving mine had been elation and aid, realizing that I’m shielded from a harmful virus.
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