Infection with the Delta variant of coronavirus significantly increases the risk of unvaccinated people ending up in hospital.
This is shown by a new research study according to the Statens Serum Institut’s website.
The risk of hospitalization after infection with the Delta variant is 201 percent greater than the risk of hospitalization after infection with the Alfa variant.
The Delta variant, which was first detected in India in December 2020, is now the dominant corona variant in Denmark.
It now accounts for close to 100 percent of all corona cases that are sequenced.
Previously, the Alpha variant – also known as the British variant – was the predominant one.
The Statens Serum Institut, Aalborg University and the Danish Covid-19 Genom Consortium are behind the study, which has just been published in the journal The Lancet.
Similar results have also been reached abroad in several places, according to the serum institute’s website.
A study from England has shown an increased risk of 132 percent. An increased risk has also been seen in a study from Canada, where the risk is calculated to be 108 percent greater.
Conversely, a study from Norway has not been able to demonstrate an increased risk of hospitalization by infection with the Delta variant.
Academic director of the Statens Serum Institut Tyra Grove Krause assesses that the various statements of the risk of hospitalization reflect that the severity of new variants becomes more and more difficult to assess.
– This is because we are now experiencing fewer tests, other infection patterns and a change in behavior, all the while the vaccines are being rolled out, says Tyra Grove Krause.
SSI’s academic director believes the study emphasized the importance of being vaccinated.
– SSI has previously shown that vaccination provides high protection against covid-19 hospitalization after infection with the Delta variant, and the new results again support the importance of being vaccinated and of course comply with the general advice on infection prevention from the National Board of Health, she says.
Source: The Nordic Page