Dr. Steve Pruett shows a graph of COVID-19 cases by date from April 2020 to September 19, 2021. 

COVID-19 has rightly been the main topic of concern in the United States since March 2020, and because of that, there has been a lot of misinformation and opinions taken as fact that has floated around the internet. 

In Starkville, there are doctors who are well-versed in immunology and one is none other than Steve Pruett, the director of the NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Pruett spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club on Monday about COVID-19, the vaccines, and the totality of the situation in the state and country. 

Pruett began by telling about the first strain of COVID-19, which is a type of coronavirus. 

“The pandemic started with a particular strain of the virus that’s referred to as the Alpha strain, and it’s been pretty consistent throughout this past summer when a new variant emerged: the Delta variant,” Pruett said. “The Delta variant is several times easier to catch, several times more communicable than the Alpha variant. In fact, the pandemic went from Alpha to Delta in a period of about three weeks to almost 100 percent Delta now. Fortunately, all three of the vaccines available in the U.S. still work against the Delta variant, and they work quite well.” 

There are breakthrough cases of people who get sick with Covid even after getting the vaccine, but later in the program, Pruett showed a graph of people who get the virus. 98 percent of those who fall sick with Covid are unvaccinated and only two percent are vaccinated, so breakthrough cases are not as common as they are made to seem. 

For the full story, check out the Tuesday, September 21 edition of SDN.

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