An internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document obtained by several news outlets warns that the COVID-19 Delta variant may be more likely to produce serious illness and can spread as quickly as chickenpox.
The Washington Post, which was the first to report on the CDC’s slide presentation, said new research also indicates that fully vaccinated people can spread the virus at higher rates than previously thought. The newspaper reported that the CDC document says health officials must recognize that “the war has changed.”
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The CDC did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News. The information in the document is said to have played a role in the new mask guidelines announced earlier this week. The Biden administration has been more assertive in recent days in forcing Americans to subscribe to a vaccine due to the emergence of variants.
Admiral Brett Giroir, former Assistant Secretary of Health to President Trump, told Fox News ‘America Reports’ on Thursday that the variant is so contagious that it is “only a matter of time” before anyone who is not vaccinated and has not had COVID-19 comes down with the infection.
“If you have prior immunity you have some protection, but more and more data is telling us that protection is not that good against Delta,” he said. “Remember, you can get the flu every year. It’s not because your immunity isn’t good. This is because the flu is changing and Delta is truly a new strain unlike anything we’ve seen. So, I’m really worried that the natural, while real, immunity won’t be enough against Delta. “
Giroir’s comments appear to echo the CDC document. The agency said there must be a new public message to get people to sign up for the vaccine.
There have been persistent problems for people who are resistant to vaccines. The Food and Drug Administration has not fully approved the jabs that are still administered under an emergency use authorization.
The number of deaths in the United States also remains relatively low. There were 398 deaths from the virus Thursday in the United States compared to the winter months when the number was 10 times higher.
Matthew Seeger, a communications expert at Wayne State University, told the Post that health officials may have had issues messaging with the public.
“We have done a great job of telling the public that these are miracle vaccines,” he said. “We’ve probably fallen a bit into the over-reinsurance trap, which is one of the challenges of any crisis communication circumstance. “
The Post report pointed out that fully vaccinated people who have the Delta variant can carry the same viral load as those without a vaccine and infect others.
The New York Times, which also viewed the document, reported that CDC chief Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky said transmission from vaccinated individuals was rare, but some scientists believe it is more common than we never thought so before.
John Moore, a virologist at Weill Cornell Medicine, told The Times that Delta “is the troubling variant that we already knew it was.”
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“But the sky is not falling and vaccination still strongly protects against the worst outcomes,” he said.