In an announcement issued this past Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and that he had started to experience the symptoms of the illness back on Saturday.
Senator Graham, who has already been fully vaccinated using the mRNA vaccine regiment, stated that he had been told about his positive test result by the House physician. “I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning,” stated the GOP senator.
“I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for ten days,” he continued.
Graham also stated that he was happy to have already been vaccinated, “because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do. My symptoms would be far worse.”
I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms.
I will be quarantining for ten days.
I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now.
My symptoms would be far worse.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 2, 2021
This positive test result from Graham crops up during massive concern from health experts in relation to the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus we know to cause COVID-19. The new Delta variant, which is known to be more contagious than other variants of the novel coronavirus, was responsible for less than a single percent of sequenced COVID-19 cases within the United States just a few months ago, but now is responsible for well over 83% of all cases, as reported by data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This past week, the CDC put forth a statement that released guidance that stated that vaccinated people in areas of high transmission should go back to wearing a mask in public places due to the fact that the data states that even vaccinated people infected with DElta may have viral loads as, or higher, than unvaccinated people infected with COVID-19. High viral loads might suggest the increased potential of transmission, as stated by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Currently, limited data is available for interpretation concerning how many vaccinated people are testing positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the CDC stated that roughly 97% of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized have not been vaccinated and about 99.5 COVID-19 deaths are from unvaccinated individuals.
“We believe the vast majority of transmission is occurring in unvaccinated people and through unvaccinated people, but unlike the Alpha variant that we had back in May — where we didn’t believe that if you were vaccinated you could transmit further — this is different now, with the Delta variant, and we’re seeing now that it’s actually possible if you are a rare breakthrough infection that you can transmit further, which is the reason for the change,” stated Walensky this past week.