Former FDA head: Delta variant will be most serious virus unvaccinated ever get

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Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb went on Face the Nation to continue his warnings to the American public that we are in some serious trouble when it comes to the Delta variant. As people continue to choose against vaccinating themselves, COVID cases grow exponentially by the day. Since statistics don’t seem to be convincing the unvaccinated, Gottlieb tried a different tactic: the scary truth about how sick this variant is going to make them. He’s begging people not to take this gamble with their health because the very real possibility is they will lose, and they will probably be forever affected by it. CNN has more about his interview.

Millions of Americans are jeopardizing their health, freedom and finances by not getting vaccinated and putting themselves at risk of the most infectious coronavirus strain yet, current and former federal health officials say.

“Most people will either get vaccinated, or have been previously infected, or they will get this Delta variant,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“And for most people who get this Delta variant, it’s going to be the most serious virus that they get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital,” said Gottlieb, who was commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration during the Trump administration.

For those not fully vaccinated, “quality of mask is going to make a difference with a variant that spreads more aggressively, like Delta does, where people are more contagious and exude more virus,” he said.

The Delta variant is also sending younger and previously healthy people to hospitals — the vast majority of which have not been vaccinated, say doctors in several states suffering surges.

“This year’s virus is not last year’s virus,” said Dr. Catherine O’Neal, an infectious disease specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“It’s attacking our 40-year-olds. It’s attacking our parents and young grandparents. And it’s getting our kids,” O’Neal said. She said her Covid-19 unit now has more patients in their 20s who were previously healthy.

“You have to get vaccinated,” O’Neal said. “That’s the only way to end it. Masks and mitigation, they’re not going to take it. It’s going to be vaccination.”

[From CNN]

I think one huge detail from this article is that the Delta variant is coming for those under 40. I truly believe the folks that are in that age bracket that haven’t gotten any doses yet think they’re safe from COVID. Or if they do get it, it won’t be that bad. I felt that way when we were going through the first two phases. I took all the precautions but there was also something in the back of my mind that told me I was also probably naturally safe. That’s what Gottlieb is warning now: that assurance is off the table.

In his segment, which you can watch here, Gottlieb talks about vaccinations and pregnancies. There have been many, many cases and some studies that have shown pregnant women and their fetuses were unaffected by the vaccines. I just saw my OB-GYN sister-in-law this weekend who saw three pregnant women with COVID last week. She told me about having to deliver a baby at 27 weeks due a mother so affected by COVID she couldn’t fight the virus and sustain the pregnancy (My SIL is a rock-star, the baby and mother survived, thank gawd.) So if you are pregnant, talk to your doctor, but feel safe about the vaccine. The Delta variant is claiming all the victims the OG COVID left alone. Masks will help, but not enough. I don’t know how to get through to those who won’t listen. Hell, even Sean Hannity has changed his stance and is begging people to take this virus seriously. I’m fine with Gottlieb and others using good old-fashioned fear to get folks vaccinated. Of course, if they had any sense, they would have been scared long before now.

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 20, 2021

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