Biden Considering New Mask Mandates For New Strain Of COVID

( )- The fearmongering over the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues. The CDC recently identified the Delta variant as a concern since twenty percent of the latest infections in the US are from those with the Delta variant. As a result, the Biden Administration is “rethinking” COVID measures including reinstituting mask mandates for vaccinated people.

Last week the World Health Organization began urging even vaccinated individuals to once again begin wearing masks. According to WHO official Dr. Mariangela Simao, people shouldn’t believe they are safe simply because they have been fully vaccinated. “They still need to protect themselves,” Simao said.

Simao went on to say that vaccines alone cannot stop community transmission. So the WHO is urging people to mask, social distance, avoid crowds and maintain hand hygiene whether they are vaccinated or not.

As yet the CDC has not updated its mask guidelines. But according to CNN, the Delta variant is now “forcing officials to rethink measures” including among those fully vaccinated.

This despite the fact that experts continue to say both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines provide a high amount of protection against the Delta variant.

But the mixed messaging is having its effect.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced last Monday that due to the Delta variant, it strongly recommends everyone, including those vaccinated, wear masks indoors as a precautionary measure.

Likewise, Illinois Governor Pritzker is also urging even vaccinated individuals continue to wear masks as well.

However concerns over the Delta variant may be misplaced.

While it might be more transmissible, the Delta variant is nowhere near as deadly as the initial virus.

In England where the Delta variant emerged much earlier, the case fatality rate is a mere 0.08% — 44 deaths out of 53,822 infections. As with most respiratory viruses, COVID-19 has morphed into a more transmissible, but far less virulent form. In the UK, hospital stays for those with the Delta variant are much shorter than those who contracted the original strain.

In fact, UK researchers reported that many of the Delta variant cases go unreported and undiagnosed because, unlike the initial strain of COVID-19, Delta variant symptoms are so mild, many who contract it assume it is nothing more than a bad cold.