- Jan 3, 2021
According to an internal presentation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention obtained by The Washington Post, the delta variant is more infectious than Ebola, the common cold, and smallpox.
Based on unpublished data recently collected from outbreak investigations and studies, the document also noted early evidence, which shows people who have been fully vaccinated can pass on the delta variant just as easily as those who are unvaccinated.
One slide also discussed how older people have a higher risk of hospitalisation and death, regardless of their vaccination status.
However, vaccines do protect people from non-delta Covid-19 infections by up to three times, it said.
The CDC on Tuesday recommended that everyone should mask up while indoors, including those who have been fully vaccinated. It was a reversal from its policy in May when it said masks were no longer necessary for those who had finished taking their shots.
Internal CDC document warns delta variant more infectious, can spread among vaccinated people - report
Based on unpublished data recently collected, the document said there is evidence that the delta variant can spread among fully vaccinated people as easily as those who are unvaccinated.