Damion Lee says he got COVID despite being fully vaccinated


A Golden State Warriors player says he was hit hard by the coronavirus -- even though he was fully vaccinated.

Reserve guard Damion Lee revealed on Thursday that he was one of the relatively rare "breakthrough" cases of COVID-19, meaning the patient tested positive despite being inoculated.

"I did test positive for COVID about two weeks ago," Lee told reporters before the Warriors' game on Thursday, a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chase Center in San Francisco.

"I did get the vaccine in the middle, end of March, but essentially this was just a rare breakthrough case."

Lee last played April 19, and said he's not sure when he'll be able to return. The Warriors had five regular-season games remaining and were in eighth place in the Western Conference as of Friday, so they appeared headed for the play-in postseason series.

"Right now, there's no timeline in the immediate future for me coming back and playing," he said.

The 28-year-old Louisville product, now in his fourth year with the Warriors, reported some pretty scary-sounding symptoms, including "brain fog" and body aches that made him feel like he'd been "hit by two cars at once" with every step he took.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Lee's diagnosis was "shocking," per ESPN.

"I feel for him because he's had an excellent season, and obviously this is really putting him in a tough spot. He hasn't been able to work out at all, so we'll what happens basketball-wise. But the main thing is he's healthy and feeling better and we're obviously relieved about that."

The CDC recently addressed the so-called breakthrough cases of coronavirus affecting vaccinated individuals. The agency said studies showed about 1 in 6,000 vaccinated people still contracted the virus, about .007%, according to CNBC.

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