The 'Melissa & Joey' alum took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a video message that she contracted the virus and is experiencing difficulty breathing, among other symptoms.
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The Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Melissa & Joey alum took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a video message, noting that she “never does videos” but she felt like this particular message was important: “I am vaccinated and I got COVID, and it’s bad,” she explained.
Describing her symptoms, the actress said that she feels a weight on her chest and that it is hard to breathe. “One of my kids I think has it so far and I’m praying that the other ones are okay.” Hart has three sons, Tucker, Braydon and Mason, with husband Mark Wilkerson.
“I’m mad, really mad,” Hart continued in the video. “We took precautions and we cut our exposure by a lot, but we got a little lazy. And I think as a country we got lazy. I’m really mad that my kids didn’t have to wear masks at school. I’m pretty sure that’s where this came from.”
Hart later praised her youngest son for wearing a mask regularly as he was used to it from last year. “If he does get it, I can at least tell him he was a superhero to those in his classroom because he protected his teacher and his classmates from it,” she said.
The actress went on to emphasize that she is “scared” and “sad” and “disappointed” in herself as well as some of the nation’s leaders.
“I just wish I’d done better, so I’m asking you to do better,” she concluded. “Protect your families. Protect your kids. It’s not over yet.”
"I think as a country we got a little lazy and I'm really mad that my kids didn't have to wear a mask at school," Melissa Joan Hart said.
Melissa Joan Hart has contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
The Sabrina the Teenage Witch alum, 45, revealed her diagnosis in two-minute video shared to her Instagram on Wednesday, saying that she likely caught the respiratory virus from one of her children.
"I am vaccinated and I got COVID, and it's bad," she said told fans. "It's weighing on my chest. It's hard to breathe. One of my kids, I think, has it so far. I'm praying that the other ones are okay."
The actress — who shares sons Tucker McFadden, 8, Braydon Hart, 13, and Mason Walter, 15, with husband Mark Wilkerson — went on to explain that she and her family had taken precautions throughout the pandemic, but "got a little lazy" as restrictions were lifted.
"I think as a country we got a little lazy and I'm really mad that my kids didn't have to wear a mask at school. I'm pretty sure where this came from," she said.
Hart then applauded her youngest son for continuing to keep up with masking, saying that he wore one to school every day "because he was used to it from last year."
"I just really hope my husband and the other ones don't get it, because if someone has to be taken to the hospital, I can't go with them," she said.
"I'm just scared and sad, and disappointed in myself and some of our leaders," Hart continued. "I just wish I'd done better, so I'm asking you guys to do better. Protect your families. Protect your kids."
"It's not over yet," she added of the ongoing pandemic. "I hoped it was, but it's not, so stay vigilant and stay safe."
Breakthrough cases — COVID-19 infections that occur in people who have been fully vaccinated against the virus — are rare, but possible and expected, as the vaccines are not 100% effective in preventing infections. Still, vaccinated people who test positive will likely be asymptomatic or experience a far milder illness than if they were not vaccinated. The majority of deaths from COVID-19, around 98 to 99%, are in unvaccinated people.
Carrie Underwood came under fire earlier this month after she liked a tweet that featured an anti-mask message amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The country singer has since returned to social media since that controversy. While she didn't comment on the scandal, she did share a video from her recent performance at the Barefoot Country Music Festival.
In addition to sharing a video from the performance, Underwood shared multiple photos of herself on stage. The Instagram post showcased Underwood during her set at the music festival while singing hits such as "Before He Cheats." As she noted in the caption, rain threatened to put a damper on the set. But, she continued to perform in the rain with her fans singing along. Underwood joked about the rainy situation in her caption, writing, "Such a fun night in Jersey at the @barefootcountrymusicfest !!! I couldn’t have hoped for a better crowd…or better weather! Thanks for the [love]!"
Underwood's latest post marks her return to social media following her anti-mask tweet controversy. The singer came under fire for liking an anti-mask message from conservative commentator Matt Walsh. On Aug. 12, he posted a video of himself at a Nashville school board meeting, during which he spoke out against the use of a mask mandate for schools in the city. In the video, Walsh makes a series of false statements about both the pandemic itself and the use of masks. At one point, he said that COVID-19 poses "almost no threat to our kids at all" (NPR reported that COVID-19 cases amongst children are increasing amid the rise of the delta variant, which has led to an increase in child hospitalizations). Additionally, he said that making children wear masks in school was akin to "child abuse."
The number of kids infected with Covid-19 is soaring as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads and schools reopen, pushing children's hospitals around the country to the brink.
Nearly 1,600 kids with Covid-19 were hospitalized last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a new seven-day record and a 27 percent increase from the week before. Tennessee’s health commissioner expects the state’s children’s hospitals to be full by the week’s end. Louisiana reached that point more than a week ago. And Arkansas’ only children’s hospital has just two ICU beds remaining.
As dire as the situation is now, hospital leaders and public health officials predict it will get even worse in the coming weeks. They are already contending with unseasonably high levels of RSV, a respiratory virus that can be dangerous for young children and infants. Flu season is on the horizon. And schools across the country are welcoming children back, creating opportunities for Covid-19 and other viruses to spread even faster.
Yet the escalating crisis has had little political impact thus far, even in the southeastern states where Delta is hitting hardest. Most GOP governors and state officials who have banned vaccine mandates, mask requirements and other public health tools to fight Covid-19 are sticking with those policies. Nor has the unprecedented wave of infections in children meaningfully moved parents of school-age children; nearly 60 percent said they opposed mandating shots for kids attending school in person, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And almost 70 percent of Republican parents told pollsters they continue to oppose school mask mandates.
In the face of this inaction, doctors and health officials are struggling to deal with the growing number of sick children.
“We’ve got problems pretty uniformly everywhere,” said Mark Wietecha, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association. “Most of our children's hospital intensive care units, if they're not near capacity, they're at capacity. We have kids in the emergency department on gurneys.”
When Covid infections surged in adults last year, hospitals delayed elective procedures, commandeered beds normally used for other patients and brought in temporary staff from other states. Many facilities are returning to those tactics with cases in adults once again rising. But most of those strategies are difficult or impossible to apply to treating children, Wietecha said. Pediatric patients require specialized staff and equipment — and for them, virtually no procedure is elective.
Even as pediatric cases spike, doctors and scientists say there is not enough evidence to determine whether Delta causes children to become sicker than earlier Covid variants did. The overwhelming majority of children who contract the virus don’t require hospitalization, and pediatric deaths still make up less than one-tenth of one percent of all pandemic deaths, according to the CDC. Although states normally take longer to investigate pediatric deaths, creating a lag in that data, it’s not enough to meaningfully change the overall conclusion that Covid-19 remains far more dangerous for adults.
Vaccinated people who are infected with COVID-19 and get a so-called breakthrough case that leads to severe illness are more likely to be older and have preexisting health conditions, a new study found.
"Overall, older population with underlying heart or lung disease, or with weakened immune system were the most highly represented in those with breakthrough cases with symptoms," Dr. Hyung Chun of the Yale School of Medicine, who led the study, wrote in an email.
Chun and his Yale colleagues identified 969 patient who were admitted to hospitals in the Yale New Haven Health System and who tested positive for COVID across a 14-day period from March 23 to July 1, according to commentary posted on the Lancet Infectious Disease website on Sept. 7. All patients were required to get tested when they were admitted and may have come to the hospital for illness other than COVID.
Roughly 18% of the patients who tested positive received at least one vaccine dose and a third of these were fully vaccinated, records showed.
The team focused on those fully vaccinated people and found a quarter of them (14 people) had severe or critical disease and required supplementary oxygen support. Four were in the intensive care unit, one on a mechanical ventilator and three died.
The patients with severe disease ranged in age from 65 to 95 years old and had a median age of 80.5, the researchers said. They had preexisting comorbidities including cardiovascular disease, lung disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Some patients were on immunosuppressive drugs that may impact vaccine efficacy.