UK Alternative More Deadly, Health Authorities Warn | Science

Last month, scientists warned that the British alternative could be more lethal. Since then this suspicion has become a great possibility. For example, a new report from the UK advisory committee Nervtag – which examines the number of deaths in the UK – shows that the variable “is associated with an increased risk of hospitalization and death”. This may be due to the higher viral load associated with the British variant.

The advisory team makes an important comment that the results may be biased; For example, hitting variable often among nursing home residents. In addition, the data was collected between November 2020 and the beginning of this year, a period when the British were already facing very high numbers. It was only possible to determine the strain of the virus behind it for less than one death in ten.

In any case, it is food for thought: The British alternative has now spread to 82 countries, including Belgium. Biostatistician Geert Mullenbergs, for example, estimates that at least 80 percent of injuries will be caused by this variant in March. At the end of March, this percentage may reach 90 percent.

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