A DOCTOR revealed shocking x-rays that show the major difference Covid-19 vaccines make in protecting your body.
A Maryland radiologist released two chest x-rays to show what he sees in unvaccinated and vaccinated Covid-positive patients.
"There is a dramatic difference in chest X-rays we see in patients that have been fully vaccinated who test positive for Covid-19 and those who are not vaccinated," Dr Omer Awan, the associate vice chair of education in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, told WCVB.
Dr Awan showed the outlet computed tomography images of a vaccinated Covid patient and images showing unvaccinated lung damage.
"You can see in the vaccinated individual, much of the lung is black, and that's a good thing because the black demonstrates air.
"The burden of disease or the burden of infection is much more pronounced in an unvaccinated individual versus a vaccinated individual," Awan said.
The doctor said the symptoms of a vaccinated person are milder than with an unvaccinated person.
"Oftentimes, those that are unvaccinated will have full-blown shortness of breath. They may require oxygen therapy. There's a higher propensity for them to go into the ICU," Awan said.
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Awan said he hopes the images will change the minds of the unvaccinated.
"If you see images, you can see clearly the proof in vaccination and how effective the vaccines are by looking at a chest X-ray. Oftentimes, that's more helpful from a visual standpoint than just hearing people spit out statistics," Awan said.
In October 2021, a doctor at Deer Valley Medical Center in Phoenix shared similar scans showing the impact of the virus on the lungs of Covid patients who were and were not vaccinated.
Vaccine effectiveness & Omicron
Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated.
While there are breakthrough cases of Covid among people who are vaccinated, they are rare.
In the event of a breakthrough case, victims are highly unlikely to be hospitalized with severe or deadly symptoms from the virus.
Health officials have advised that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakthrough cases.
Yet the spread can be offset by all vaccinated Americans receiving a booster shot.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant.
With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
Studies have also shown that side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“The only people that are really getting sick are people that are unvaccinated,” said Dr Sam Durrani, the chief of staff at Deer Valley Medical Center.
“[They] oftentimes require ventilation and oxygen, especially on some of these really profound X-rays that we are seeing.”
The scans of vaccinated patients with Covid show more air flowing, with the larger part of the lungs colored in black, meaning there’s little to no damage, Dr Durrani said.
In contrast, the image of a scan from an unvaccinated person shows that the lungs are congested, which limits the oxygen flow throughout the body.
Dr Durrani said: “If you have a vaccinated patient that comes to the ER with a breakthrough infection, that maybe have some shortness of breath and we do a CT scan, they’re not nearly as bad as the unvaccinated patients.
“Even the breakthrough infections that end up getting pneumonia, their CT scans still were not as bad as the ones of unvaccinated patients.”
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