The delta variant doubles the risk of hospitalization compared to the alpha variant among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people.
The delta variant doubles the risk of hospitalization from COVID-19 compared to the alpha variant Among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, According to a new British study published on Friday.
The delta variant was first reported in India in December 2020, and early studies determined it was up to 50% more transmissible than the world-dominant variant, known as the alpha variant, first identified in Kent, UK.
The study was published in The Lancet, It is also the largest investigation carried out to date as more than 40,000 cases of coronavirus were analyzed in England between March 29 and May 23, 2021.
The researchers reported that The risk of going to the emergency room or hospitalization was 1.5 times higher for people with the delta variant than for the alpha variant.
according to Gavin Dabrera, an epidemiologist with the National Infection Service for Public Health England And one of the lead authors of the research, the study confirmed previous findings that people with delta are significantly more likely to be hospitalized than those with alpha.
Explain it more Cases included in the analysis were either unimmunized or vaccinated with a single dose.
“We already know that vaccination provides excellent protection against Delta and since then This variant accounts for more than 98% of coronavirus cases in the UK, He stressed the need for those who did not receive the two doses to do so as soon as possible.
He also cautioned that study results suggest that outbreaks of the delta variant may impose a greater burden on health services than those in the alpha variant, especially in unvaccinated people and other vulnerable populations.
He noted that he was the first to report hospital admission risks for delta and alpha variants based on cases confirmed by whole genome sequencing, which is the most accurate way to identify the virus variant.
Anne Brisanis, lead author of the study and lead statistician at the University of Cambridge Biostatistics Unit, He argued that the study showed that In the absence of vaccination, any outbreak in the delta would place a greater burden on health care than an alpha epidemic.
“Full vaccination is critical to reducing an individual’s risk of developing symptomatic delta infection in the first place, and most importantly, to decreasing the risk of serious illness and hospitalization of a delta patient.”, Warning.
In the United Kingdom, the leading country in the field of vaccination, millions of Britons are skeptical against vaccines, who question not only their efficacy, but also their development practices, safety standards and goals.
According to the British Office for National Statistics (ONS), about 1 in 6 (17%) adults between the ages of 16 and 29 said they have doubts about vaccinations; This number is the highest among all age groups.
Currently, people in the UK have been vaccinated with the first 47,792,552 dose, and the second 42,072,712.