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New study reveals the real risk of the delta variant for unvaccinated people

Unvaccinated people may be at risk for hospitalization more than we think

Andrew Olsen receives a NPR-PCR COVID-19 test in Utah.
Andrew Olsen receives a NPR-PCR COVID-19 test from Kellen Harter, of the Utah National Guard, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. A new study presents troubling news for unvaccinated Americans — hospitalization risk doubles from the delta variant of the coronavirus.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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.”

Close to 99.999% of fully vaccinated Americans have not had a breakthrough COVID-19 case that led to hospitalization or death, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.