CDC admits that 74% of people who tested positive for COVID in the Massachusetts outbreak were fully vaccinated
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on Friday showing that nearly three-quarters of people in Massachusetts who tested positive for COVID-19 have been fully vaccinated against the virus.
CDC publishes new data
The data also found that fully vaccinated people who contract the coronavirus carry just as much of it in their noses as unvaccinated people and can easily pass it on to others.
"This finding is worrying and was a key discovery that led to the CDC's updated mask recommendation," said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a statement received from CNBC. "The masking recommendation has been updated to ensure that the vaccinated public does not unwittingly pass the virus on to others, including their unvaccinated or immunocompromised loved ones."
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It did so days after the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated Americans across the country return to wearing masks indoors. This reversed the course of a previous CDC policy that said vaccinated people no longer had to wear masks.
Walensky said earlier this week that the delta variant of COVID-19 will hit unvaccinated people harder, but vaccinated people can carry higher amounts of the virus than previously thought. She also said the Delta variant behaves "uniquely differently from previous strains of the virus".
CDC issues ominous warning
The CDC then released a document ominously warning that the Delta strain of coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox and has a longer transmission window than the original strain of COVID-19. It can also make the elderly sicker, even if they received the vaccine.
The CDC stated that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than the common cold, 1918 Spanish flu, smallpox, Ebola, MERS and SARS.
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However, the CDC added that as vaccination coverage increases, vaccinated people are likely to account for a greater proportion of coronavirus cases across the country. The agency also warned that a limitation in these data is that asymptomatic breakthrough infections may be underrepresented due to detection errors.
Eventually, the CDC claimed that these new documents were "insufficient" to draw any conclusions about the effectiveness of the approved vaccines against COVID-19 and the delta variant of it in this outbreak.
This piece was written by James Samson on July 31st, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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