There’s a new study that presents troubling news for unvaccinated Americans — hospitalization risk doubles from the delta variant of the coronavirus.
The study — which was peer-reviewed and published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases — found that the delta variant can more than double the risk of hospitalization for unvaccinated people.
To find this, the study reviewed more than 40,000 COVID-19 cases from March to May to compare rates of hospitalization. March to May was when the delta variant began to take off in the U.K.
“The results suggest that patients with the delta variant had more than two times the risk of hospital admission compared with patients with the alpha variant,” according to the U.K. study. “Emergency care attendance combined with hospital admission was also higher for patients with the delta variant, showing increased use of emergency care services as well as inpatient hospitalization.”
COVID-19 infections have been on the rise. Per CBS News, there has been more than 150,00 per day on average right now in the United States. That’s a 21% increase over the last two weeks.
And the infection rates may not slow down. The forecasting model from the University of Washington predicted that close to 100,000 people could die from the coronavirus in the U.S. by December, per The Associated Press.