Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times via USA Today Network, FILE. People walk on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Mass., on June 27, 2021.
The highly contagious Covid-19 Delta Variant now accounts for 80% of U.S. cases.
Compared to the original strain, this variant spreads twice as fast.
Grows more rapidly in people and becomes contagious sooner - by two days.
Viral load, the concentration of virus, in the nose is 1,000 times higher.
Source: Pei-Young Shi, Monica Gandhi, Michaeleen Doucleff NPR. Washington Post
Breakthrough cases of the Delta Variant in Provincetown, Massachusetts proved to be sobering as 75% of cases were vaccinated. Studies show that vaccinated individuals carried the same amount of viral load as unvaccinated individuals. Yet still, vaccination is still the best way to end the pandemic.
“People should be reassured that if they are fully vaccinated that they are very likely, highly likely, to be protected against severe or critical illness, the kind of illness that would cause them to be hospitalized or killed by this virus,” said Paul A. Offit, a vaccine expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Vaccines save your life.”
Source: Carolyn Y. Jonhson, Yasmeen Abutaleb, and Joel Achenbach. Washington Post
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