According to a new study, the British corona variant is no more lethal than its predecessors. The complaints that the British variant can cause are also not more serious. However, as has already been shown, it is more contagious than previous manifestations of the virus.
Two new studies on the British variant appeared in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Public Health. In one of them, the researchers looked at the data of 341 coronapatics who tested positive in the south-east of England at the end of last year when the British variant was on the rise there.
Of those patients, more than half had the British variant among the members. Of them, 36 percent fell seriously ill or even died. In the other group, according to the researchers, this was 38 percent. Patients with the British variant were mostly younger and infections were more common among ethnic minorities.
The researchers also looked at the infectiousness by analyzing the data from PCR tests. They found that the cotton swabs of coronapatics with the British variant often contain larger amounts of virus particles than the other cotton swabs.
1.35 times more contagious
In the other study, the data from 36,920 positively tested British who were using an app in which they reported their symptoms. According to that study, the British variant is 1.35 times more contagious than previous variants, but also these researchers did not see any evidence that the British variant makes someone sicker.
Various analyses have appeared on the danger of the mutated version from England. Several of them indicate a higher mortality risk. The Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) initially saw no indication that the British mutation would be more lethal, but the Institute later revised that assessment. “In the meantime, research in the UK has made it clear that people who get infected with the British variant became sicker and died more often than in the ‘old’ variants”, read on the RIVM website.