After numerous breakthrough COVID-19 infections, despite having been vaccinated, experts are warning that “sticking to the basics” is the best advice to go by while out for church service and those Easter egg hunts this weekend.

“Easter is one of those family holidays that we like to get together,” said Dr. Michael Teng, PhD, USF Health virologist “You know, this Easter as opposed to last Easter, we can have a little bit more of the family gatherings and I think that’s going to be really important for us just kind of psychologically.”

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Dr. Teng spends most of his time in the lab researching viruses and how they transmit.

“I work on a respiratory virus that affects kids called RSV. Which, some of the same technology that was tried for RSV we’re actually being tried for the SARS-COV-2 vaccine as well. So this is kind of exciting to see some of those lessons that we’ve learned in developing an RSV vaccine be put to use.”

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Since becoming familiar with how the COVID-19 virus interacts with our immune systems, he’s offering up some advice ahead of one of Florida’s busiest holiday weekends.

“Ideally, we would all be physically and socially distant, mask wearing and stuff like that but we’re human beings. We can’t cut off contact from everybody.” And while he, like many other experts, says to simply stick to the basics, he also has some new tips tailored to this particular holiday weekend.

“So if you’re going to get together, get together with your nuclear family. Keep the gatherings to 10 or less. Outdoor activities are much better than indoor activities. Avoiding poorly ventilated spaces.”
“Easter brunch… outside! If you’re going to have that Easter egg hunt, do it outside, don’t do it inside. It’s going to be fantastic weather for it anyways. The vaccines that we have are fantastic vaccines. There’s some of the best, but none of the vaccines that we’ve ever made are 100%.”

Afterall, he’s backing his advice by pointing to numerous breakthrough infections across the country, despite people getting vaccinated ahead of the holiday weekend.

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“This is expected. It has trained your immune system to respond quickly when you do get exposed. The vaccine is not like a big hazmat suit around you.”