Allegedly a factor of about 1,000 viral load increase with the delta variant vs. the earlier variants.
Let us hope that the above is a flawed study? I've waited a few days to hopefully not have to post this info, only to find it today recapped on Nature :(.
Let us also hope that there is not enough available mutation space for the virus to simultaneously-ish converge on the most favorable (FOR THE VIRUS) levels of transmissibility, vaccine evasion, and quick replication timescales. Remember last year, when virologists were like "Hold on, those things are all considered somewhat antithetical."? Man, those were the days.
I don't know exactly what to think. I know I am relatively safe with my 2x Moderna shots right now, but does this eventually progress to people first contracting and coughing out a fucking kilo of covid particles that evade all vaccine defenses, all within the span of only a few hours? I still think the answer is "No, probably."
It's like a zombie movie where the zombies are just normal people coughing and they're like "Hey buddy! I'm not pale at all, but still, I don't feel so well, cough and whew c'mere, hold me, oh, OH I BIT YOU WITH MY BREATH AND YOU'RE DEAD SOON TOO!!!". It's way worse than an actual zombie movie, because you still feel sorry for the not-pale/still-human dead.
I am going on a cruise soon. Hmm.