SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Breakthrough COVID-19 cases are on the rise, even among those vaccinated and boosted since the omicron variant exploded across the country.
“Breakthroughs are now more common because omicron is better able to evade our immune system than delta,” said Dr. John Swartzberg.
Bay Area infectious disease experts say this means everyone, including those who have been vaccinated and boosted, will need to protect themselves, especially in the coming weeks.
That means wearing premium N95 or KN95 masks and limiting the amount of people you have around.
“Be careful of the kind of situations you get into, especially indoors, especially with people without masks, especially with people you don’t know have or haven’t been vaccinated and who may or may not have been careful, it’s the time to be careful said Dr. George Rutherford.
Infectious disease experts point out that those who have been vaccinated and boosted and who get breakthroughs are likely to have milder cases.
But they say CDC data shows those with an underlying condition most at risk for hospitalization.
According to experts, the current ommicron peak is predicted to be over in the coming weeks.