Headline RoundupJuly 30th, 2021

CDC Says Delta Variant May Cause Mild but Contagious COVID-19 in Vaccinated People

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that vaccinated people, if infected with a "breakthrough" case of the COVID-19 Delta variant, may transmit it just as easily unvaccinated people. The report says 74% of 469 COVID-19 cases connected to large gatherings held in Barnstable County, Mass., around the July 4 holiday were among fully vaccinated people. Breakthrough COVID-19 cases are rare and typically mild or asymptomatic. According to the CDC, the data served as evidence for its return to recommending that vaccinated people wear masks when indoors in high-transmission regions.

The news made headlines across the spectrum Friday. Some right-rated sources framed the announcement as overdue; many right-rated voices have said the CDC's new masking guidance lacks evidence. Many left-rated media focused more on an internal CDC document obtained by the Washington Post (Lean Left bias) in which the agency says Delta is as contagious as chickenpox and potentially more dangerous than other variants, and stresses that "the war" against COVID-19 "has changed."

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