According to an official paper from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Delta coronavirus type that is sweeping the country looks to produce more serious illnesses and propagate as easily as chickenpox.
The paper, which is a PowerPoint presentation, details previously released statistics indicating that fully vaccinated persons may spread the Delta strain at the same rate as unvaccinated people.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acknowledged the validity of the paper, which was first published by The Washington Post.
“I think people need to understand that we’re not crying wolf here. This is serious,” she told CNN.
“It’s one of the most transmissible viruses we know about. Measles, chickenpox, this — they’re all up there.”
The CDC is set to provide data on Friday that will support Walensky’s contentious decision to modify recommendations for fully vaccinated persons. She stated on Tuesday that the CDC is advising that even fully vaccinated persons wear masks inside in areas where virus infection is persistent or severe.
She also stated that everyone in schools, including learners, staff, and visitors, should wear masks at all times.
“The measures we need to get this under control — they’re extreme. The measures you need are extreme,” Walensky told CNN.
And if vaccinated people become ill, they have the same amount of virus in their systems as uninfected people. That implies they are just as likely to infect others as uninfected persons who become sick.
“The bottom line was that, in contrast to the other variants, vaccinated people, even if they didn’t get sick, got infected and shed virus at similar levels as unvaccinated people who got infected,” Dr. Walter Orenstein, who heads the Emory Vaccine Center and who viewed the documents, told CNN.
Vaccinated persons, on the other hand, are safer, according to the paper.
Vaccines, according to the study, lower the risk of serious disease or death by a factor of ten and the chance of infection by a factor of three.
The presentation also includes three studies indicating that the Delta variation, formerly known as B.1.617.2, may cause more severe illness.
The CDC should “acknowledge the war has shifted,” according to the paper. It advocates for vaccination regulations as well as uniform mask requirements.
The virus is now again on the rise in the United States, particularly in places where fewer people are immunized.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the US averaged more than 61,300 new daily cases over the previous week, an increase from the country’s 2021 low of 11,299 daily cases on June 22.
“The number of cases we have now is higher than any number we had on any given day last summer,” Walensky told CNN.
According to Johns Hopkins, cases have increased in all but one state in the last seven days compared to the previous week as of Wednesday.