The Delta variant is the dominant COVID-19 strain in the United States, accounting for more than 150,000 new cases every day. The new strain is considered more dangerous than the initial alpha variant as it is more infectious and it can lead to more severe forms of the disease.
A new risk raised concerns about the Delta variant as it revealed that the new variant could lead to double hospitalizations for those who are unvaccinated. The research was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The study looked at around 40,000 cases of Coronavirus between the end of March and the end of May, right before the Delta variant became dominant.
“This cohort study was done among all patients with COVID-19 in England between March 29 and May 23, 2021, who were identified as being infected with either the alpha or delta SARS-CoV-2 variant through whole-genome sequencing,” reads the study.
The results revealed that the new variant increases the risk of hospitalization for those infected. More than that, according to the study, those infected with Delta also needed emergency care more often than those infected with the Alpha variant.
This is concerning news given the fact that some states in the United States have almost reached maximum capacity in their hospitals. In Alabama, for instance, there are no beds left in intensive care units. More than that, the death rate from COVID-19 infections has risen by 355% in the past two months.
Health experts and health care providers continue to encourage the population to get vaccinated in order to reduce the number of hospitalizations. As we know already, vaccines might not keep the virus away, but they will significantly reduce the symptoms of those infected, decreasing the chance of developing a severe form of COVID.