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1,000 times higher viral load with Delta

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A US media report on the new mask mandate from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In brief, 

  • “What has changed is the virus,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and Biden’s chief medical adviser.
  • When a vaccinated person gets infected with delta — called a “breakthrough infection” — “the level of virus in their nasopharynx is about 1,000 times higher than with the alpha variant,” Fauci said in an interview Wednesday with MSNBC.
  • Delta was known for its “hyper-transmissibility,” or as one former White House adviser put it “COVID on steroids.”

Oh dear. 

Another article here, this time WaPo on internal CDC communications:

  • The document strikes an urgent note, revealing the agency knows it must revamp its public messaging to emphasize vaccination as the best defense against a variant so contagious that it acts almost like a different novel virus, leaping from target to target more swiftly than Ebola or the common cold.

Maybe dropping in the ‘Ebola’ word might do the trick to overcome the anti-vaxxers on this one. 

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