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 https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q
Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs
Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s
Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4
Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y
Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U
Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI
Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8
Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA
Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo
Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo
Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE
Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY
Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4
Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0
Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies? https://youtu.be/J2lfJzoUEHI
Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants? https://youtu.be/5l58jEZv3NQ
Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality https://youtu.be/bGqLsRRbzVk
Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome? https://youtu.be/f11b8nFpJiE
Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants https://youtu.be/15ifuIosz2c
Part 20: Vaccine Side Effects https://youtu.be/7n3touy2PUY
Part 21: I’m young, why get vaccinated? https://youtu.be/F3KaBpSUpGo
Part 22: Variants and eased restrictions concern https://youtu.be/Xlt0VsxO-UA
Part 23: Delta Variant, protect yourself and others https://youtu.be/NtDJb2i_8Yg
Part 24: FDA full approval of Pfizer vaccine https://youtu.be/kMtIs0VxIbg
Part 25: Breakthrough infections https://youtu.be/lxixQhJsPqk