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Enough With The Delta Variant Hysteria

The Biden administration is reportedly considering changing its coronavirus guidance to encourage mandatory masking regardless of vaccination status. This is ridiculous. The coronavirus is no longer a threat to those who have been vaccinated and neither is the delta variant.

Many in the media are trying to imply otherwise, but here are the facts. Vaccines are widely available to everyone who is eligible. Early data proves they are highly effective against the delta variant. Nearly everyone who has been hospitalized by the delta variant has been unvaccinated.

In other words, if you are one of the 162 million people who has been fully vaccinated or developed natural immunity against the coronavirus, you have nothing to worry about. You should not be forced to wear a mask to placate someone else’s superstition.

There are some studies that suggest vaccinated adults are transmitting the delta variant at higher rates than the original COVID-19 strain. But breakthrough infections are still extremely rare among vaccinated adults, and just as importantly, they tend to be mild. A June study from the United Kingdom found that the Pfizer vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalization from the delta variant. Another study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that two shots of the Pfizer vaccine are highly effective in protecting vaccinated adults from serious illness.

This data also suggests we don’t need to worry about future variants either. The vaccines might not be able to prevent all breakthrough infections, but they are certainly able to hold up against today’s most dangerous mutations and — remember, this is the whole point — prevent serious illness. Ultimately, that’s all we can ask for. The coronavirus will always be among us, and we can expect it to spread for the entire future of humanity. The goal, through a combination of vaccination and more effective treatment, is to make it so that the virus is no more serious than a common cold or flu.

This data also suggests we don’t need to worry about future variants either. The vaccines might not be able to prevent all breakthrough infections, but they are certainly able to hold up against today’s most dangerous mutations and — remember, this is the whole point — prevent serious illness. Ultimately, that’s all we can ask for. The coronavirus will always be among us, and we can expect it to spread for the entire future of humanity. The goal, through a combination of vaccination and more effective treatment, is to make it so that the virus is no more serious than a common cold or flu.

As of Sunday, there were only two counties in the United States reporting 10 or more coronavirus deaths. There were only 249 total deaths across the country as of Wednesday. Hospitalization rates remain stable, and intensive care capacity is well over 70% in most parts of the country. These numbers are very similar to U.S. influenza rates. This is what success looks like.

The vast majority of people who are testing positive for and being hospitalized by the delta variant are unvaccinated adults. An Associated Press analysis last month found that breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated adults accounted for only 0.8% of all coronavirus deaths in the U.S. So, again, if you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to worry.

Government officials are right to be concerned about the unvaccinated population. But ultimately, the choice lies with those individuals. Whether you agree with their choices or not, there are many, many reasons the vaccine-hesitant are holding out against getting the jab. Some have already had the coronavirus. Some are wary of emergency authorized vaccines that haven’t gone through the full regulatory process and they want to wait and see what happens with potential long-term side effects. Some just don’t fear the coronavirus enough to view vaccination as necessary.

Regardless, their choice should not matter to those of you who are vaccinated. You have been immunized by highly effective vaccines that will prevent you from falling seriously ill. The unvaccinated are a threat only to themselves.

It is well past time we move past the hysteria and get on with our lives. There is no more need for masks or social distancing or business closures. Any attempt by the government to reintroduce these restrictions should be viewed as an assault on science and common sense.

Author: Kaylee McGhee White, Commentary Writer

Source: Washington Examiner : Enough with the delta variant hysteria

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