The CDC said the “war has changed” in the battle against COVID as the Delta variant is more severe and more contagious than previously known.
New data made public Friday likens the Delta variants spread to the chickenpox and it is more transmissible than SARS, Ebola, the common cold and the seasonal flu.
The Delta strain is also infecting the vaccinated at higher rates. As they carry similar viral loads in their nose and throat as the unvaccinated and while they too may easily spread the virus, the inoculated are rarely hospitalized.
Despite the spike in cases, it is important remember we are nowhere near last winters surge in cases or the daily death count. Still, with the new data providing some concrete numbers on breakthrough infections, the concerning findings are why the CDC called for the vaccinated to also wear masks indoors in high risk communities earlier last week.
Scientists recommended the CDC go further saying “universal masking is essential.”
The CDC is still struggling to convince some Americans to wear a mask, much less get vaccinated, therefore, more are falling seriously ill every day.