THE spread of Covid-19’s Delta variant is raging so much – even among the fully vaccinated – that a leaked federal document confirmed: “the war has changed.”
A siren-blaring slide presentation shared internally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is causing the nation’s top public health authority to change tact as the coronavirus has proven it can transmit faster than Ebola or the common cold.
A leaked CDC document contends that the Delta variant of the coronavirus has proven it can transmit faster than Ebola or the common coldCredit: AFP
The new findings have forced the CDC and its partners to “acknowledge the war has changed”Credit: Getty
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky acknowledged that fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can carry substantial quantities of Covid-19 in the nose and throatCredit: AP
President Joe Biden is already calling on states to allocate money from his American Rescue Plan to gift $100 payments to people who have yet to receive their vaccinationsCredit: AFP
“I finished reading it significantly more concerned than when I began,” Robert Wachter, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, wrote in an email to the Washington Post who reviewed the unreleased document.
The document also pushes the CDC to recalibrate its public messaging.
It cites “communication challenges” for those who are vaccinated and unsure if they remain protected from the virus as opposed to a “public convinced vaccines no longer work/booster doses needed.”
That is where the researchers determined in the document that the CDC and its partners need to “acknowledge the war has changed.”
The new findings were discovered by research conducted outside the CDC suggest fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can carry substantial quantities of Covid-19 in the nose and throat, the CDC’s director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told the New York Times.
The agency is reviewing the slide show information and is expected to be releasing a formal report on Friday.
The new information throws a massive wrench into what scientists had initially answered with earlier versions of the disease: namely, that vaccinated people were mostly incapable of infecting others.
The new research may have touched on a widespread outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts where after Independence Day, there have been 882 Covid-19 cases counted.
Nearly three-quarters of the sick were fully vaccinated, the Times reported.
The agency also is utilizing data from the Covid-19 Sports and Society Workgroup, a professional sports league coalition that is performing more than 10,000 Covid-19 tests on people every day and tracing the infections and their sequencing.
There are now more cases popping up of so-called breakthrough infections – where despite getting the requisite shots – they are just as susceptible to catching and spreading Delta variant as unvaccinated people; even if they don’t show any symptoms.
Already, the US is witnessing a spike in Covid-19 cases – hospitalizations are trending up throughout the country.
In states with low vaccination rates, specifically Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Nevada who were averaging less than 400 cases a day at the start of July and since have been reporting more than 2,400 cases a day, according to the Times.
Of those admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, 97 percent are unvaccinated, according to the CDC.
The situation to control spread is so urgent that President Joe Biden is considering paying Americans greenbacks to get immunized.
Biden called on local governments to set aside some of his $1.9trillion American Rescue Plan – which included $350billion to help state and local governments rebound from the coronavirus – and gift $100 payments to people who have yet to roll up their sleeves and receive the vaccine.
“I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks that have gotten vaccinated already,” he said.
“But here’s the deal: if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them. We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated.”
The new data throws a massive wrench into what scientists had initially answered with earlier versions of the disease: namely, that vaccinated people were mostly incapable of infecting othersCredit: Reuters
The US is witnessing a spike in Covid-19 cases – hospitalizations are trending up throughout the countryCredit: AP
The CDC reports that of those being admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, 97 percent are unvaccinatedCredit: AP