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breakthrough cases, coronavirus, Science, Transmission, Vaccinations

Fauci: Vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are far less likely to spread the virus than unvaccinated people

Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would be "reasonable" to assume vaccinated people are less likely to spread COVID-19. Vaccinated people who get COVID-19 typically have less virus in their nasal passages. That would suggest that breakthrough infections are less contagious than infections in unvaccinated people. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fully vaccinated people who get "breakthrough" cases of COVID-19 are probably less likely to spread the virus to others, Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a White House briefing today.When asked if breakthrough cases are contributing to the spread of coronavirus in the US, the nation's top infec...
coronavirus, COVID-19 vaccine, Delta, Science, Transmission, variants, WHO

Has the coronavirus reached’peak fitness’? Experts wonder if the Delta variant is the worst we’ll see.

No coronavirus variant spotted so far is more concerning than Delta, the strain first identified in India in February. World Health Organization officials on Monday said Delta is the "fittest" variant to date, since it spreads even more easily than other variants and may lead to more severe cases among unvaccinated people."Delta is a superspreader variant, the worst version of the virus we've seen," Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, tweeted last week.But it's possible that Delta is the worst the coronavirus is going to throw at us — that the virus, in other words, has reached what epidemiologists call "peak fitness."Topol and Italian virologist Roberto Burioni explore that scenario in a let...