Looks like we're nowhere close to being done with the pandemic after all. The Delta coronavirus variant is surging across the country and appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chickenpox according to an internal document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, "I think people need to understand that we're not crying wolf here. This is serious. It's one of the most transmissible viruses we know about. Measles, chickenpox, this -- they're all up there." CDC recommends encouraging everyone to wear a mask in schools, regardless of vaccination status. Meanwhile hospitalization rates are skyrocketing and already reaching capacity in some areas. Initial data says 90% of those newly hospitalized patients are not vaccinated. However, vaccinated people can spread the Delta variant as easily as unvaccinated people, so that's not good. Walensky noted, "The number of cases we have now is higher than any number we had on any given day last summer." Many of those hospitalized have now changed their tune and are asking for the vaccine but doctors can only say sorry - it's too late. (CNN)
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