, an entertainment
reporter, warned people
on Tuesday not to "let your guard down" after testing positive for the highly transmissible delta variant
of COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
Sadler, 46, said she got the virus while caring for an unvaccinated person who had the flu at first.
“I assumed I'd be fine
,” wrote Sadler, who said she wore a mask around the person. “Well, I'm not. I'm one of many breakthrough
cases that we're seeing more of every day.”
Sadler's symptoms included fatigue, a two-day fever, extreme congestion, and "even some weird
puss coming out
of my eye," she said.
“is very much NOT over,” according to the former E! News
co-host, who resigned in 2017 after discovering her
male counterpart was paid twice as much as she was.
CATT SADLER (@iamcattsadler) shared this on Instagram
The delta variant, which is now spreading across the United States
, is “relentless and highly contagious,” she added, and “grabbed ahold of me even after I was vaccinated.”
“If you’ve been vaccinated, don’t let your guard down,” Sadler cautioned, adding, “If you’re in a crowd or indoors in public, I highly recommend wearing a mask. I’m no MD, but I’m here to remind you that the vaccine isn’t 100% effective.”
On its website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
states that "breakthrough infections" in fully vaccinated people are "expected."
are effective and are a critical tool in bringing the pandemic under control,” according to the CDC
. “However, no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people, and a small percentage of fully vaccinated people will still get sick, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.”
COVID-19 has now killed more than 607,000 Americans.
Despite a worrying slowdown in vaccination
rates, the number of cases in the United States has more than doubled in the last three weeks, with approximately 23,000 new infections occurring every day.