With vaccination rates flat and COVID-19 cases rising, due in large part to the more transmissible Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering changing its guidance on masks for people who are vaccinated. New cases of COVID-19 have doubled over the last two weeks, and surges are concentrated in areas where vaccinations remain low.
Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, of the UC College of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, was interviewed about the Delta variant for WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition.
“The concerning part with this Delta variant is that it’s 50% more contagious, it spreads much more easily,” says Fichtenbaum. “It spreads particularly among younger people less than 40 years of age. Also we’re finding that people can get sicker with this particular variant when you compare this variant to the original virus that came and was first discovered first in Wuhan, China.”