Catt Sadler says she tested positive for COVID-19 after caring for her unvaccinated son Austin, who previously contracted the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
The 46-year-old television host provided fans with an update on her health and her experience with the virus in a post shared to her personal blog on Friday.
In the entry, Catt stated that Austin had contracted the coronavirus over the weekend of the fourth of July.
Five days into caring for her sick son, Catt said she started feeling symptoms of COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
Dire situation: Former E! News host Catt Sadler said that she contracted the Delta variant of COVID-19 after caring for her unvaccinated son Austin; she is pictured in 2020
Sadler also noted that she and her son had contracted the Delta variant of the disease, which has proven to be much more transmissible even with both vaccines.
However, the host reassured her fans that she was recovering well, as she wrote: ‘My oxygen levels are fine. I’m at home in bed. I’m not at the hospital. I’m not dying.’
She added that, at the time of writing her post, she was feeling ‘the best I’ve felt all week. Still in bed, but no fever today…my son is almost 100% better.’
Sadler did point out that her son was unvaccinated by choice, although she noted that she was not angry at him for his views, writing: ‘we have differing beliefs and still love one another deeply…we both have a right to our individual choices.’
Letting everyone know: The television personality made the news public through a post made to her personal blog, where she wrote that she was slowly recovering after experiencing the effects of the virus
She pointed out that she had no regrets about caring for her son and accepted the reality of her situation, although she pointed out that she would have taken stronger precautions had she known what was going to happen.
‘If I had to do it again, I would. I’d take care of Austin. Any mother would. But I would have worn a hazmat suit while doing so,’ she wrote.
The former E! News host, who lives in Los Angeles, previously posted a selfie from her sick bed on Tuesday and explained she contracted the coronavirus while ‘caring for someone who contracted COVID’ and who was not vaccinated.
‘I’m telling you this so that you understand that the pandemic is very much NOT over. Delta is relentless and highly contagious and grabbed ahold of me even after getting vaccinated,’ she wrote on Instagram.
No regrets: The television host expressed that she was fine with having contracted the virus as she was committed to ensuring that her son recovered from its effects
Sadler, who did not share when she received the COVID shot, admitted that she ‘assumed she would be fine’ because she herself was fully vaccinated, insisting that she also wore a face mask during the time that she was in contact with her son.
‘Well I’m not [fine],’ she shared. ‘I’m one of many breakthrough cases that we are seeing more of each and every day. They said “you shouldn’t have severe symptoms at least” – well, mine are not mild.’
Sadler went on to detail the symptoms that she has experienced, revealing that her illness has been so severe, she has been unable to leave her bed.
Making it public: Sadler shared a selfie to her Instagram account earlier this week to let her followers know that she was suffering from the effects of the coronavirus
‘Two days of a fever now. Head throbbing. Extreme congestion. Even some weird puss coming out of my eye. Serious fatigue; no energy to even leave the bed,’ she wrote.
The entertainment reporter went on to urge her followers to continue taking precautions against COVID-19, warning that they ‘are bound to get sick eventually’ if they do not get vaccinated and wear face masks.
She added that any unvaccinated people who are not covering their mouth and nose are also putting those around them at risk – and encouraged all those who have had their shot to remain vigilant and safe, insisting that ‘the vaccine isn’t proof’ that they won’t get sick themselves, as she did.
Serious illness: The former E! News host wrote that she had ‘no energy to even leave the bed’ in a lengthy message that was added in her post’s caption; she is pictured at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards
‘If you are not vaccinated and not wearing a mask, I assure you you don’t want to feel like this and not only are you bound to get sick eventually you’ll be spreading it to others,’ Sadler wrote.
‘If you are vaccinated, don’t let your guard down. If you’re in crowds or indoors in public I highly recommend taking the extra precaution of wearing a mask,’ her caption reads.
‘I’m no MD but I’m here to remind you that the vaccine isn’t full proof. **Vaccines lessen the likelihood of hospitalization and death but you can still catch this thing. So continue to protect yourselves.’
Got sick: Sadler previously said she had been caring for an unvaccinated person with coronavirus and had worn a mask and had assumed that because she was vaccinated she would be fine
Not over: She detailed her symptoms that included fever, throbbing headache and extreme fatigue and urged people to continue to take precautions regardless of vaccination status
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County reported another 1,103 positive coronavirus cases as the Delta variant of COVID-19 begins to take hold in the region.
It is the fifth day in a row that the county has seen more than 1,000 new cases in a single day. A month ago, daily cases in the county had dropped to an average of 201.
Message: Sadler interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on Instagram on June 30, when she asked him about the ‘real world effectiveness’ of the vaccines
Sadler’s post comes amid surging COVID-19 cases across the country – with new figures released on Sunday indicating that there had been a 30 per cent spike in new infections in just one week.
On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, referred to the Delta variant as ‘a really bad actor virus’, warning that it now accounts for more than half of all new cases in the US.
‘The concern is, first of all, the virus itself can transmit much more readily from person to person. We know that from experience in our country as well as in several other countries so you’re dealing with a real bad actor virus,’ he said.
Fauci added that with only 48 percent of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 a large segment of the population is now left vulnerable to infection from the variant.
‘Given the number of people in the country who are not vaccinated, that really is the concern because the vaccines we have available…do very well against the Delta variant, particularly protecting against severe disease leading to hospitalization,’ he said during an interview on CBS This Morning.
‘We’re concerned about those regions of the country, those states, those areas, those cities in which the level of vaccination is really quite low, hovering around 30 per cent or so.’
On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the spread of the Delta variant, which makes up more than half of all cases (above), is worrisome because it is more infectious
Daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have doubled in the last three weeks from an average of 11,400 on June 23 to an average of 23,600 new cases per day
Last week, the country reported 135,802 new cases. That’s the fifth day in a row the weekly total has hit six figures and a 45 percent spike from seven days ago when 93,134 cases were recorded in a week.
What’s more, states such as Missouri and Arkansas – which have among the lowest vaccination rates in the country – are seeing the highest weekly case rates per capita as the Delta variant tears through their communities.
According to CDC data updated last week, the Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, makes up 51.7 percent of all new infections.
That’s up from the 26.1 percent of cases previously linked to the variant, meaning its prevalence has nearly doubled in two weeks.
The Delta variant has been detected in all 50 states and accounts for more than 80 percent of new infections in Midwestern states such as Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, where vaccination rates are lagging.
At least half states have been seeing COVID-19 cases increase as the variant spreads, a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data earlier last week found.
Sadler actually interviewed Fauci for an Instagram video that was shared on June 30 as part of a social media push on the part of the White House in an attempt to encourage more people to get vaccinated.
During their conversation, Sadler asked the disease expert what the ‘real world effectiveness’ of the vaccine is, with Fauci insisting that the shots ‘have proven themselves in the real world setting’ and have been ‘as good and in some cases even a little bit better’ than they saw in clinical trials.
HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO GET COVID-19 AFTER BEING FULLY VACCINATED?
So-called ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases occur when people contract the disease 14 days or more after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson one-shot jab.
Clinical trials have shown that Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine is 95% effective in preventing symptomatic disease and the Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective.
Meanwhile, real-world data showed the Pfizer jab is 91% effective against all disease for at least six months and the Moderna vaccine is 90% effective.
This means that fully vaccinated people are between 90% and 95% less likely to develop COVID-19 than unvaccinated people.
In addition, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine trials showed 72% efficacy in the U.S., meaning those who got the one-shot jab are 72% less likely to contract the disease.
When comparing fully vaccinated people who did and did not get sick, the risk is even lower.
The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show that 10,262 of at least 133 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later contracted the disease.
This translates to 0.00716% of people who have completed their vaccine series have gone on to test positive.
It also represents the true odds of getting COVID-19 after full vaccination: less than 0.01%.
What’s more, fully vaccinated people who test positive have mild illnesses, and are very unlikely to be hospitalized or die.
The CDC states that 99.5% of all deaths occur in unvaccinated people.
That means, if the figure applies to the 3,165 Americans who’ve died in July 2021 so far – as of July 13 – about 3,150 deaths would be among unvaccinated people and 15 deaths among fully vaccinated people.