CDC: Delta variant poses new threats

The delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions of COVID-19, according to the CDC.

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July 30, 2021 - 1:08 PM

Cars wait in line for COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park, in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The line stretched through the park for more than a mile as coronavirus infections skyrocket in central Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents show.

Recommending masks for everyone and requiring vaccines for doctors and other health workers are among measures the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering, according to internal documents obtained by the Washington Post.

The documents appear to be talking points for CDC staff to use in explaining the dangers of the delta variant and “breakthrough” infections that can occur after vaccination. Noted under communications: “Acknowledge the war has changed” 

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