HotAir hotair.com 17 Jul, 2021 18:45 am

The new indoor mask mandate isn't backed by science and we won't enforce it – HotAir

The new indoor mask mandate isn't backed by science and we won't enforce it – HotAir

And there’s something to be said for the argument that making vaccinated people wear masks again at a moment when the feds are trying to persuade holdouts to get their shots may backfire by convincing them that vaccination alone won’t do much to protect them.That’s the central mystery right now: How many fully vaccinated people are walking around, possibly asymptomatic, and transmitting the super-contagious Delta strain to others?Scott Gottlieb told CNBC yesterday that he suspects there’s a huge number of vaccinated people infected with Delta right now and they either don’t know it because they’re asymptomatic or their symptoms are so mild that they think they have some other virus: “I think we’re vastly underestimating the level of Delta spread right now because I think people who are vaccinated, who might develop some mild symptoms and might develop a breakthrough case, by and large are not going out and getting tested,” Gottlieb said in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box.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.

How much are vaccinated people shedding by comparison?But ultimately there’s only one solution: A new ABC analysis has found that over the past week, states that have fully vaccinated less than 50% of their total population have reported a weekly average coronavirus case rate that is three times higher than in states that have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents.

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