According to British experts, people with coronavirus are 2 times more likely to need hospitalization in the case of the Delta variant than in the case of Alpha infection.
A large study published in The Lancet confirms the importance of getting a full vaccine. It reduces the risk of severe disease in any case, although Delta is currently the greatest threat. It accounts for almost all cases of the disease in the UK, reports Air force… Another 32,406 cases of coronavirus were reported in the country on Saturday and 133 deaths occurred within 28 days of receiving a positive test.
The large-scale research was led by Public Health England and the Medical Research Council. It studied 43,338 cases of coronavirus that occurred in March-May, when Alpha, Kent – a new variant discovered in February of this year – and Delta were circulating in the UK. Most of those infected were not vaccinated.
Most of the patients did not need hospital treatment, but 196 (2.3%) people with Delta and 764 (2.2%) infected with Alpha required hospitalization. After adjusting for differences in patients (gender, age, ethnicity), it was found that the risk of hospitalization with the Delta variant was 2 times higher. Experts point out that vaccinations are designed to reduce this risk, requiring 2 doses for maximum protection.
More than 47.9 million Britons, roughly 88% of people aged 16+, received their first dose of the vaccine. About 42 million, or 78% of people in this same age group, are fully vaccinated. Maximum protection occurs 2 weeks after the second vaccination. Dr. Gavin Dabrera of Public Health England says:
“We already know that vaccination provides excellent protection against Delta, and since this option accounts for over 99% of Covid cases in the UK, it is vital that those who have not received two doses of the vaccine do so as soon as possible. Still important: if you have Covid symptoms, stay home and get a PCR test as soon as possible. ”
The study’s findings are consistent with data published in Scotland comparing the risks of Alpha and Delta.