Last week, our friends over at Hot Air raised a very important question. “The million-dollar question is whether vaccinated people who are infected but experiencing few or no symptoms are capable of passing the new variant to others. A study of Delta published this week showed that infected unvaccinated people shed a thousand times as much virus with the Delta strain as they did with the original SARS-CoV-2. How much are vaccinated people shedding by comparison?” they asked.
Now, we finally have an answer and it is fun to see the “party of science” ignoring all of the science. As it turns out, those who are vaccinated are still shedding plentiful amounts of virus, more than enough to infect everyone around them. After CDC chief Rochelle Walensky shared this information with the media, additional questions were raised.
If the virus can shed from the vaccinated on “rare occasions”, what do we do now? The CDC is being very vague about these matters. According to Walensky, the information “indicates that in rare occasions some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant after vaccination may be contagious…This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations.”
BREAKING: CDC Dir. Walensky says new information "indicates that in rare occasions some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant after vaccination may be contagious…This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations." pic.twitter.com/NoytopXni4
— ABC News (@ABC) July 27, 2021
So, in other words, this shedding is common enough that we will all have to mask up again. The new question is a simple one: can the vaccinated infect others who have also been vaccinated? Most of us would expect a non-vaccinated person to shed far more virus than those who are vaccinated. This would seem to be a common-sense take on the matter.
However, Walensky has upped the fear quotient by suggesting that even the vaccinated may be able to infect others. That’s why it is important to learn whether the vaccinated are capable of doing so. If they can, masks are definitely needed indoors again. If not? This means that the vaccinated are being asked to look out for the people who are refusing to be vaccinated.
Why should the vaccinated be asked to look after the non vaccinated? These people have placed themselves in harm’s way with their terrible decision making and now they want to be protected. The only people who are not immune by choice at this point are children under the age of 12. Since the virus does not affect children at the same rate, the mask guidance is sure to draw a lot of ire.
CDC recommends vax’d folks wear masks indoors in places with “substantial” and “high” transmission.
“Substantial”: 50-100 cases per 100,000 people over seven days
“High”: More than 100 cases
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 27, 2021
No one wants to be forced to protect someone who does not care about them in the first place. Since these people have made their choice, they should have to live with the consequences of those decisions. If someone is going to willfully place themselves in harm’s way, the people who have made the conscious choice to protect themselves do not need to assume the risk along with them.
Statement by President Joe Biden on CDC Guidance pic.twitter.com/GBUD3hObxS
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 27, 2021
Vaccinated people being able to infect other vaccinated people is the proverbial fly in the ointment. After the past year or so that we have endured as a collective, the last thing that anyone wants to do is inadvertently infect their older loved ones. If wearing a mask reduces our chances of doing so, many people will be willing to help out. This is what the CDC is banking on.
On the other hand, there are plenty of people out there who are going to be irritated by all of the back and forth that has been taking place. The risk-averse will continue to do what they have been doing and the risk-tolerant will do the same. At the end of the day, the real takeaway is that the federal government is truly starting to get concerned about the rise of the variants.
Don’t expect any mask mandates in Iowa. Governor Kim Reynolds says CDC’s new guidance is “not grounded in reality or common sense.” pic.twitter.com/rpUPdF2xCO
— Tony Leys (@tonyleys) July 27, 2021
Hopefully, the holdouts realize that this is a signal to get their you know what together. The vaccination numbers have been on the decline but that is starting to change. Once Mitch McConnell and Governor DeSantis are encouraging folks to get their jabs, you know that this is no longer a political divide.