Colin Powell Dies From COVID-Complications

General Colin Powell has died from complications from COVID-19. He was 84 and fully vaccinated. However, his immune system had been compromised by having had blood cancer.

Powell, who was 84, received his second Pfizer shot in February but was immunocompromised as a result of his cancer and suffered from Parkinson’s disease, [his longtime assistant Peggy] Cifrino said in an interview. Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that severely impairs the immune system, lowering the effectiveness of vaccines.

“He was actually scheduled to receive his booster when he fell ill last week,” Cifrino said. “He couldn’t go to his appointment. … He thought he was just not feeling quite right, and he went to the hospital.”

According to the CDC which has followed 7,178 deaths among fully vaccinated people, 85% of the deaths occurred in the over age 65 population. [More...]

There are 1.3 million people in the U.S. who have bone cancer or are bone cancer survivors. Gwen Nichols, chief medical officer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, quoted in the article explains:

We are advising them to get vaccinated but act unvaccinated,” Nichols said. “Avoid really crowded places. Avoid situations where you can’t be in control. Wear a mask. Wash your hands.”

The risks for such people highlight the need for everyone to be vaccinated and reduce the chances of passing on the infection, as someone did to Powell, she said.

I continue to be very wary of all public spaces, especially elevators. I see very few people wearing masks these days. I won't leave my house without one, despite being fully vaccinated and receiving the third booster.

R.I.P. Colin Powell.

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