Joan Barrows received both shots of the Moderna vaccine, and still succumbed to Covid-19, that doesn’t mean everyone is in danger
Whether you have been partially or fully vaccinated, it can seem like the end of the Covid-19 pandemic is at hand. You can finally go out, celebrate in large crowds and travel on holiday. However, just because you are vaccinated doesn’t mean you should throw all caution to the wind. If the case of Joan Barrows is anything to go by, even fully vaxxed people need to take some precautions.
In the US, the pandemic appears to be at an end but that is far from the case. As emails from Dr Anthony Fauci revealed, there is a possibility of ‘enhanced’ variants emerging, which we are currently seeing with the Delta Plus variant. Combining that with anti-vaxxers like Virginia Brown, it seems almost impossible to eradicate Covid-19. In fact, that could very much be a reality. Dr Larry Brilliant, who helped eradicate smallpox told The Daily Beast that Covid-19 is most likely here for good.
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That means, even if you are fully vaccinated, it is worth taking some precautions. It comes down to a phenomenon called ‘breakthrough’ cases, which is what happened to Barrows. Here’s her story, and what you need to know about the risks of Covid-19, even to fully vaccinated people.
Who is Joan Barrows?
A resident of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Barrows died after being reinfected with Covid-19 on May 15. North Jersey reported that Barrows was exposed to an unvaccinated person, leading her to become seriously ill even though she had received both doses of the Moderna vaccine. She died in hospital, leaving her friends and family with a tough lesson on social responsibility.
A lifelong resident of Fair Lawn, Barrows was a member of Memorial Middle School’s first girl’s softball team, which remained undefeated in their first season. After graduating high school in 1977, she went on to Montclair State University. After that, she worked at the management firm ADP. In 2010, Joan had a lung transplant due to pulmonary fibrosis. “She was the glue who held us all together,” Barrows’ brother Jim Russo said. Unfortunately for the family, things turned for the worse in May.
On a Sunday evening, Barrows collapsed at her home due to weakness. She was immediately transported to Hackensack University Medical Center. She was then taken to New York Presbyterian, where she was placed on a ventilator. On May 15, she passed away.. Brinkwire Brief News.