Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters Part 25, Understanding Breakthrough Infections

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters Part 25, Breakthrough infections

Hi Brian Merkel, UW-Green Bay Microbiology and Immunology, and we are here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

I’d like to talk about breakthrough infections. Antibody levels do not last forever once you’re immunized to something. But over time, since the time you were immunized, antibody levels reach their peak and then subsequent months they start to wane or their levels start to drop. It is quite natural then to see and hear about more and more breakthrough infections despite the fact that people are immunized.

That is why we have ongoing conversations about wearing masks again. It’s based in science it’s understandable, it’s logical, it is advisable, strongly recommended that you wear a mask. So, mask up. Keep yourself safe and those around you safe. And remember, there are others that may not be able to tolerate the virus that maybe the way that you can. So, we are all in this together.

It’s not about just one person, it’s all of us.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series

Introduction with Brian Merkel

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from

Part 2: Two main types of viruses

Part 3: Why is this virus serious?

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care?

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask?

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year?

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine?

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information?

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear?

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies?

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants?

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality

Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome?

Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants

Part 20: Vaccine Side Effects

Part 21: I’m young, why get vaccinated?

Part 22: Variants and eased restrictions concern

Part 23: Delta Variant, protect yourself and others

Part 24: FDA full approval of Pfizer vaccine

Part 25: Breakthrough infections




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