Fauci: The amount of virus in advanced delta cases is ‘almost identical’ to unvaccinated cases
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday preview shows: Delta takes care of CDC instant mask update; Bipartisan infrastructure bill to address challenges in the Senate Israeli President Receives a Booster Shot for COVID-19 AstraZeneca CEO: ‘It’s not clear yet’ if reinforcements are needed moreAnd President BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and the party blind ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline begins high-risk battle Senate infrastructure talks extended into a rare session on Sunday moreOn Sunday, the chief medical advisor discussed new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data showing that levels of coronavirus in breakouts of the delta variant among those fully vaccinated are “virtually identical” to levels seen among the unvaccinated. individually.
Fauci, who appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” stressed that the majority of advanced cases involving the delta variant experienced “mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.”
Guest host John Dickerson asked Fauci what is the reason for the CDC to recommend masks to be worn by both vaccinated and unvaccinated people indoors.
“What we’ve learned that’s new, John, in response to your question, is that when you look at the level of virus in the nasopharynx of vaccinated people who have had an unprecedented infection, it’s really very high and equal to the level of virus in the nasopharynx of unvaccinated people who get infected” .
The nasopharynx is the part of the nasal cavity located above the back of the throat. Fauci stated that it was “disturbing” to find that the virus level of the delta variant in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people was “exactly similar, nearly identical”.
According to Fauci, these results differ from what was observed in cases involving the previously dominant alpha variant.
“So we now know that people who have been vaccinated and who become infected can pass the virus on to other people,” Fauci said. “The CDC’s core is adjusting its guidelines and now saying, ‘If you’re an area with a high or significant trend of virus level, ie a red or orange area, when you’re in an indoor public place, you need to wear a mask. That’s the fundamental reason for that change.'”