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In another big setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots

Study: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as othersBy LINDSEY TANNER, MIKE STOBBE and PHILIP MARCELOAssociated PressThe Associated Press

In another dispiriting setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots.
Health officials on Friday released details of that research, which was key in this week’s decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant is fueling infection surges. The authors said the findings suggest that the CDC’s mask guidance should be expanded to include the entire country, even outside of hot spots.
The findings have the potential to upend past thinking about how the disease is spread. Previously, vaccinated people who got infected were thought to have low levels of virus and to be unlikely to pass it to others. But the new data shows that is not the case with the delta variant.

The outbreak in Provincetown — a seaside tourist spot on Cape Cod in the county with Massachusetts’ highest vaccination rate — has so far included more than 900 cases. About three-quarters of them were people who were fully vaccinated.
Travis Dagenais, who was among the many vaccinated people infected, said “throwing caution to the wind” and partying in crowds for long nights over the July Fourth holiday was a mistake in hindsight.
“The dominant public messaging has been that the vaccine means a return to normal,” the 35-year-old Boston resident said Thursday. “Unfortunately, I’ve now learned it’s a few steps toward normal, not the zero-to-sixty that we seem to have undertaken.”
Dagenais credits being vaccinated with easing the worst of the flu-like symptoms in a couple of days. He has recovered.
Like many states, Massachusetts lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in late May, ahead of the traditional Memorial Day start of the summer season. Provincetown this week reinstated an indoor mask requirement for everyone.

Leaked internal documents on breakthrough infections and the delta variant suggest the CDC may be considering other changes in advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, such as recommending masks for everyone and requiring vaccines for doctors and other health workers.
The delta variant, first detected in India, causes infections that are more contagious than the common cold, flu, smallpox and the Ebola virus, and it is as infectious as chickenpox, according to the documents, which mentioned the Provincetown cases.

The documents were obtained by The Washington Post. As they note, COVID-19 vaccines are still highly effective against the delta variant at preventing serious illness and death.
The Provincetown outbreak and the documents highlight the enormous challenge the CDC faces in encouraging vaccination while acknowledging that breakthrough cases can occur and can be contagious but are uncommon.
The documents appear to be talking points for CDC staff to use with the public. One point advised: “Acknowledge the war has changed,” an apparent reference to deepening concern that many millions of vaccinated people could be a source of wide-ranging spread.

An agency spokeswoman declined to comment on the documents.
The White House on Friday defended its approach to rising virus cases and shifting public health guidelines, repeatedly deferred to the CDC while stressing the need for vaccinations.
“The most important takeaway is actually pretty simple. We need more people to get vaccinated,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said.
Pressed about the changing guidance, Jean-Pierre repeatedly said, “We don’t make those types of decisions from here.”
People with breakthrough infections make up an increasing portion of hospitalizations and in-hospital deaths among COVID-19 patients, coinciding with the spread of the delta variant, according to the leaked documents.
Although experts generally agreed with the CDC’s revised indoor masking stance, some said the report on the Provincetown outbreak does not prove that vaccinated people are a significant source of new infections.
“There’s scientific plausibility for the (CDC) recommendation. But it’s not derived from this study,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher.
The CDC report is based on about 470 COVID-19 cases linked to the Provincetown festivities, which included densely packed indoor and outdoor holiday events at bars, restaurants, guest houses and rental homes.
Researchers ran tests on a portion of them and found roughly the same level of virus in those who were fully vaccinated and those who were not.

Three-quarters of the infections were in fully vaccinated individuals. Among those fully vaccinated, about 80% experienced symptoms with the most common being cough, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and fever.
Dagenais said he started to feel ill the evening he returned home and initially chalked it up to long nights of partying in packed Provincetown nightclubs.
But as the days wore on and the fever, chills, muscle aches and fatigue set in, he knew it was something more.
In the report, the measure researchers used to assess how much virus an infected person is carrying does not indicate whether they are actually transmitting the virus to other people, said Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan.
CDC officials say more data is coming. They are tracking breakthrough cases as part of much larger studies that involve following tens of thousands of vaccinated and unvaccinated people across the country over time.

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CDC Tells Americans to Wear Masks over Labor Day Weekend

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to Americans ahead of Labor Day advising them to get vaccinated and wear a mask in indoor areas if they are in places of high transmission.

“Celebrate this #LaborDay safely. Get vaccinated against #COVID19. Everyone—even vaccinated people—in areas with a substantial or high level of community spread should #WearAMask indoors in public,” the federal health agency advised in a Friday tweet, before proceeding to advise unvaccinated people to get the jab and wear a mask in certain outdoor situation:

If you aren’t fully vaccinated, get a #COVID19 vaccine as soon as you can. #WearAMask in crowded, outdoor spaces & stay 6 ft from others.

To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you:

🔍 Search https://t.co/2akIUZ14Rd
📱 Text your ZIP code to 438829
📞 Call 1-800-232-0233 pic.twitter.com/VGtrKUeoSd

— CDC (@CDCgov) September 3, 2021

The CDC did not mention a recent study, as Breitbart News reported, which found masks are only able to filter roughly ten percent of exhaled aerosols:

“The results show that a standard surgical and three-ply cloth masks, which see current widespread use, filter at apparent efficiencies of only 12.4% and 9.8%, respectively,” the study concluded, noting that KN95 and N95 masks were far more effective at filtering out aerosols.

“Apparent efficiencies of 46.3% and 60.2% are found for KN95 and R95 masks, respectively, which are still notably lower than the verified 95% rated ideal efficiencies,” researchers continued in the data published last month prior to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversing course, advising fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks if they are in high-risk areas.

Notably, early last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that basic drugstore masks are “not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material.” Despite eventually supporting double masking, Fauci made a similar admission during a 60 Minutes interview last year.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci wears a face mask as he waits to testify before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

“There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is,” he said.

“And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face,” he continued.

According to the CDC’s September 2 data, 52.7 percent of the U.S. population is considered fully vaccinated, leaving tens of millions forgoing the jab — a fact Dr. Anthony Fauci has publicly lamented.

“You can’t have 90 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not vaccinated and expect that you can make a good prediction about where we’re going to be,” he told NPR’s Mary Lousie Kelly last month.

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Dan Crenshaw Goes After the CDC, Americans Shouldn’t Comply with Any More Mandates From That Agency

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Watch as Rep. Dan Crenshaw goes after the CDC and tells Americans to ignore any more mandates or lockdown orders coming from the agency:

BRUCE: This is a third world totalitarian sort of approach that — we have all seen it all. We have seen everything there is to see. This is shocking. It is — if they really don’t have anything to show us, why have they said that they are going to show us the data and what do you imagine that they would be showing us tomorrow? Maybe, I don’t know, the peanut Charles Schultz peanuts comic strip. What are they going to be showing people?

CRENSHAW: Defies common sense. They are not going to show us anything. Look, the vaccines are actually effective. I actually believe the FDA’s data on this. Not only are they effective but the FDA still stands by their assertion and their assessment of the data that says that these vaccines here in the United States are effective against transmission including the delta variant.

BRUCE: Exactly.

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CRENSHAW: So the CDC is in direct confrontation with the FDA. I believe the FDA on this one. I think they tend to be more risk averse so they tend to get the science a little bit more right more often. And I think the CDC has been politicized in this case I think from pressure from the administration. Again, because I think the Democrats love to instill fear in the hearts of Americans. And I think Americans are really sick of this. They are over it they are not going to comply and you shouldn’t comply with any more lockdowns of any more mandates, none of it. Here in the house they are trying to fine us and jail us if we are not wearing a mask. These people are crazy.

We agree one hundred percent with Rep. Dan Crenshaw on this.

The CDC is power drunk and out of control and most Americans should ignore any future dictates until the ship is righted in that agency.

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Federal court unanimously rules the CDC’s eviction moratorium is unlawful

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The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority and engaged in federal overreach by issuing an eviction moratorium during the pandemic.

The Cincinnati-based federal court agreed with a lower court ruling, which had called the moratorium on evictions unlawful, according to The Epoch Times.

“It is not our job as judges to make legislative rules that favor one side or another,” Circuit Judge John Bush, who President Donald Trump appointed, said in the court’s opinion. “But nor should it be the job of bureaucrats embedded in the executive branch. While landlords and tenants likely disagree on much, there is one thing both deserve: for their problems to be resolved by their elected representatives.”

The CDC originally made the order in September 2020 to ban evictions for tenants that lost money due to the pandemic and was eventually upheld by Congress. The policy is set to expire on July 31.

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