Harris County COVID-19: 72% of people have at least one dose of vaccine

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – We recently noticed a decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in Harris County.

That means measures like social distancing and masking have also been relaxed, but the COVID pandemic isn’t over yet.

“Thank God most of them have less serious illnesses. We still have people on ventilators, and we still see people dying of this disease every week,” said Dr. Linda Yancey, Memorial Hermann Hospital Infectious Disease Specialist.

About 72% of people in Harris County have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine.

“The funds that Congress has passed to provide COVID vaccines are about to run out, which means we are running out of free COVID vaccines. Now is the time to get that vaccine if you want to get it for free,” Yancy said. “The problem is that we won’t know this is over until about a year after it ends because there could always be another wave around the corner.”

The concern is what happens after the virus. According to Yancy, COVID can cause long-term damage to the lungs, kidneys, brain or heart.

Some doctors say “long-distance patients” didn’t realize they went through COVID before experiencing long-distance symptoms.

“It is very difficult to determine whether these symptoms are secondary to COVID or other diseases that can cause post-infectious fatigue syndrome,” Yancey explained. “People have very bad, life-changing effects. People who can’t concentrate can’t stand for more than an hour at a time, and who gets it and who doesn’t seems very random. Sometimes people who have had a very mild illness end up with very severe, long-term COVID.”

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