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Thu Jul 29, 2021, 10:11 AM

COVID-19 spread from vaccinated to unvaccinated may already be happening in Dane County

MADISON (WKOW) -- A day after the CDC announced new mask guidance based on new research that shows infected, vaccinated people could spread the Delta variant of the coronavirus to unvaccinated people, researchers at UW-Madison say that type of spread is likely happening here, too.

Professors Dave and Shelby O'Connor say that the new research shows vaccinated people who experience a breakthrough infection of the Delta variant carry high loads of virus deep within their noses.

"The same sort of really high amounts of virus in their system as unvaccinated people," Dave said. "That changes the rules from what we thought they were even just a month or two ago." He says that means that the spread potential for someone infected and vaccinated, potentially even if they are asymptomatic, could be highly dangerous.

"Someone who's vaccinated and has a breakthrough infection, and is walking through a crowded building, is potentially going to be exhaling a lot of virus and is potentially going to be putting others at risk," he said. The O'Connors say research in Dane County is pointing toward that kind of transmission likely happening here already.

Read more at:https://wkow.com/2021/07/28/covid-19-spread-from-vaccinated-to-unvaccinated-may-already-be-happening-in-dane-county/

The O'Connor's say despite our high vaccination rate in Dane County, the Delta variant was able to take hold very quickly -- leading to nearly all new cases being Delta -- which shows how much of a threat it is and emphasizes how quickly we need to stop the spread.

"Here in Dane County, we had 70 percent of our population vaccinated, and Delta took over in three weeks," Dave said. "That's because it has these different biological properties... That very fast turnover where things became Delta all of the sudden means that all of these things that are special about Delta are just now going to be hitting us."

Tuesday, Dane County health officials strongly advised everyone over age 2 wear a mask indoors. The CDC classifies Dane County as having "moderate" transmission, which is outside of the "substantial" or "high" categories federal officials recommended mask back up. Dane County officials said they made their recommendation because they did not want to get to a higher transmission category.

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Reply COVID-19 spread from vaccinated to unvaccinated may already be happening in Dane County (Original post)
milestogo Jul 2021 OP
Heartstrings Jul 2021 #1
milestogo Jul 2021 #2
Nictuku Jul 2021 #5
Heartstrings Jul 2021 #6
sybylla Jul 2021 #3
SheltieLover Jul 2021 #4

Response to milestogo (Original post)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 10:17 AM

1. This is absolutely true.

I live in Dane County and a fully vaccinated friend tested positive, as did his fully vaccinated daughter, her husband and 3 children.

Were wearing masks everywhere again.

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 10:39 AM

2. 70% is an extremely high number of vaccinated.

Sounds like the percentage of democrats here.

If this is happening in Dane County, its going to be happening everywhere.

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 11:23 AM

5. I'm curious

Which vaccination did you get (and is that pretty much the same for Dane County?)

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Response to Nictuku (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 12:04 PM

6. I received the Pfizer

But its a Pfizer/Moderna toss up for those I know who have gotten the vaccine here in Dane County.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 10:41 AM

3. This has been a fear of mine for the last six months.

Everyone in my family is vaxed except the grandbabies who are too young. I have quit everything to care for one for the next six months to prevent him from getting infected before he can get vaccinated. I haven't quit wearing a mask out of fear of being able to spread it to him. Now I am so glad I did. I won't stop wearing a mask until we know this is over.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 11:04 AM

4. I've not changed my pandfmic protocols at all

And I have no intention of doing so until I feel this is over, which might be never.

Covidiots!

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