CDC Warns Vaccinated People Can Pass COVID to Others
Even if you're vaccinated, you should wear a mask in places of high transmissibility—and you could give COVID to someone else. These eyebrow-raising facts were revealed yesterday by the CDC. In response, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joined SiriusXM's Doctor Radio Reports and opened up to show host Dr. Marc Siegel about the delta variant and evidence that it's something that fully vaccinated people may pass along to others, and the idea of making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory. Read on for five live-saving pieces of advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.
CDC Chief Said Even if You are Vaccinated, You Can Pass COVID to Others
"The important new piece of information is that we have now over the last several weeks been conducting outbreak investigations occurring in many different places in the United States. And we've now seen several different outbreaks and corroborated by other data internationally that have demonstrated that when we look at the amount of virus stratified by people who were vaccinated and people who are unvaccinated, that the vaccinated people who are the breakthroughs have the same amount of virus as the unvaccinated people. And that is very much leading us to believe that it is probably the case that those vaccinated breakthrough infections rare as they might be, have the potential to infect others."
CDC Director Said Unvaccinated People are Spreading COVID More
"Many more infections that are occurring now in the United States are a result of unvaccinated people compared to vaccinated people… What I can say is we are following tens of thousands of people nationwide in effectiveness analysis and effectiveness cohorts, as well as breakthrough cohorts, you could call them. And some of those cohorts we're testing weekly, and we haven't yet seen evidence of a lot of asymptomatic spread in those breakthrough infections."
CDC Chief Was Asked About Mandatory Vaccines
"I think we should do whatever we can to get as many people vaccinated as possible. I don't want to necessarily rule out that as being one approach. I think it's harder to do when it's authorized and not yet approved. But the other thing I also just want to recognize is that some people are sort of allergic to the mandatory and I don't want to turn them off either. So, this is something that may very well be better off done community by community, and I would endorse any way that we can get more people vaccinated to prevent severe disease and death," Dr. Walensky told Dr. Siegel.
CDC Chief Talked About Going Back to School
"With the goal of leaning in and making sure we can get our children back to school full-time and knowing that the majority of people who are attending these schools will not be fully vaccinated, we are now recommending that everybody wear masks in the schools indoors…We've seen throughout the summer in summer schools, places that have not imposed those prevention strategies, are having outbreaks and have had to close. So what we're recommending now is that everyone in K through 12 schools wear a mask indoors, including all teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. And we've come to that for several reasons now, even different from where we were in early July, when our guidance came out initially. First is we simply have more Delta now than we did then. Second, we have more than twice the number of infections now than we did then. Third is that we don't have a vaccine for 11 and under, we knew that and our 12 to 17-year-olds, we only have about a third of people vaccinated at this time."
How to Stay Safe Out There
Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.