Daily US Times: The Delta variant of Covid-19 surging across the US appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chickenpox, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document says.
According to the initial document — a slide presentation — outlines unpublished data that shows people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 might spread the Delta variant at the same rate as unvaccinated people.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of CDC, confirmed the authenticity of the document, which was first reported by The Washington Post.
The CDC director said she thinks people need to understand that we’re not crying wolf here. This is serious.
She added: “It’s one of the most transmissible viruses we know about. Measles, chickenpox, this — they’re all up there.”
The CDC is scheduled to psublish data on Friday which will back Dr. Walensky’s controversial decision to change guidance for fully vaccinated people.
On Tuesday, she said that the CDC was recommending that even fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in places where transmission of the coronavirus is sustained or high.
And she said everyone in schools — staff, students and visitors — should wear masks at all times.
In an interview with CNN, Walensky said that the measures we need to get this under control — they’re extreme. The measures you need are extreme.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the data in the report did not surprise her, adding that ”It was the synthesis of the data all in one place that was sobering.”