Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated—Study Shows Viral Load the Same in COVID-19 Delta Variant Infections

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated—Study Shows Viral Load the Same in COVID-19 Delta Variant Infections

Recently, a study collaboration involving investigators from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Public Health Madison and Dane County showcases a disturbing but unsurprising trend associated with the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2. Led by Thomas C. Friedrich, a professor with the University of Wisconsin—Madison, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, the team revealed that the delta variant indeed foretells trouble ahead. That’s because this mutant strain, originating in India and an offshoot of the original Wuhan-based SARS-CoV-2 virus, evidences higher viral loads and increased transmissibility relative to other variants and partial escape from polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies. The delta variant is likely attributable as the cause to the growing case counts in many parts of the world—the U.S. is now in its fourth dangerous surge of the pandemic. But how and why this virus is spreading where vaccination coverage is high is of utmost concern from a public health and policy perspective. TrialSite has reported that among the most vaccinated countries now, a majority experience delta variant-driven troubles. Despite evidence of breakthrough infections on the rise, th...

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