Tag: immune cells

  • What happens when vaccinated people get COVID-19?

    What happens when vaccinated people get COVID-19?

    A new dichotomy has begun to haunt the discourse of the pandemic. With the rise of the super-transmissible Delta variant, experts say any going to get vaccinated, or going to get the coronavirus. For some people, a decent number of us will actually be both. Coronavirus infections are occurring among vaccinated people. They will continue…

  • ‘Post-Vax COVID’ Is a New Disease

    ‘Post-Vax COVID’ Is a New Disease

    Boghuma Kabisen Titanji was just 8 years old when the hyper-contagious virus swept through her classroom. Days later, she started to feel feverish, and developed a sparse, rosy rash. Three years after being fully dosed with the measles vaccine, one of the most durably effective immunizations in our roster, Titanji fell ill with the very…

  • Our COVID Vocabulary Needs a Reset

    Our COVID Vocabulary Needs a Reset

    One of the best and toughest parts of being a science writer is acting as a kind of jargon liaison. Weird, obscure, aggressively multisyllabic words appear in scientific discourse; I, wielding nothing but a Google Doc, a cellphone, and the Powers of the Internet™, wrest these terms from their academic hidey-holes and try to pin…

  • Vaccine analogies fail us

    Vaccine analogies fail us

    This is, in a way, a mea culpa. I’ve been reporting on the COVID-19 vaccines for about a year, a task that kept me teaching how immunity boosting vaccinations work and why. The recordings are new and the immunology is complex. So, like so many others in journalism and science, I turned to analogies to…