“This is a very different variant from the one we discussed previously. It is highly transmissible and is causing a new wave of cases among those who are not vaccinated. Our experts tell me the cases will increase further before they start to come down, ”President Joe Biden said.
First, what hasn’t changed: Vaccines are still effective against serious illnesses and they offer protection, making him less likely to catch COVID. Unvaccinated people are still advised to wear a mask.
A new study has shown that the Delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox, and the average person transmits it to 8-9 people.
It has also shown that vaccines no longer protect against transmission, so those vaccinated can still spread the Delta variant, even while carrying it without symptoms.
Health officials have reported that more than a quarter of all new infections in Los Angeles have been in people who have been fully vaccinated.
The CDC said it expects more infections among those vaccinated, although they are less likely to catch the virus.
“Yes, there have been breakthroughs, but they have been rare. But the problem is, it’s contagious now, isn’t it, and that’s why they ask us to wear a mask. Where before, with the last two variations that we saw, we didn’t see this. We didn’t see vaccinated people pass this on, and now that has changed with the delta variant. This is how serious this delta variant is, ”said Karine Jean-Pierre, deputy press secretary at the White House.