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Primed for Panic on the Delta Variant

Tony Heaton of Falling Waters receives a coronavirus vaccine during a community vaccination event in Martinsburg, West Virginia, March 11, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks. Their bodies already have the antibodies to fight off COVID-19. They may still be at risk of infection, but the virus’ effects on their bodies are extremely likely to be minimal. Full vaccination reduces the odds of severe illness, hospitalization, and death to an extreme long shot. So far, full vaccination provides sufficient protection from all of the variants, including the Delta variant.

These sorts of mundane, self-evidently true, scientifically verified statements can set off furious reactions and denunciations as disinformation on social media. And once again, as predicted, vaccinated people are

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