Internet connection status icon accuracy

Using Windows 10 build 1909 with latest updates. My internet connection is via Android phone Verizon hot spot.
Internet connection status icon (Windows) shows and says connected. Turning on Ghostery Midnight’s VPN makes the icon show not connected after a few minutes, but internet is actually working . Rebooting solves issue until you reconnect.
Issue is with both wireless and lan cable connections.

I’m on MacOS and the VPN does not mask IP. Have you confirmed that VPN does what it is supposed to? Turn it on and visit an IPGeolocation service, then turn off and do the same to verify your IP and location are being masked. It would be interesting to know if this is just a Mac bug at this point.