The new variants have high infection possibilities, may get transmitted easily and may even surpass protective antibodies generated by vaccines.
It may only have been weeks since the new coronavirus strains have been discovered, namely the Kent variant (B.1.1.7) and the South African strain (B.1.351).
But it is clear that cases are quickly spreading across the world, and wreaking havoc.
Scientists are trying to amass all clinical evidence they can, and learning new things about the virus. The new variants have high infection possibilities, may get transmitted easily and may even surpass protective antibodies generated by vaccines.
It has been observed that the variant exposes healthier age reporting groups, once considered to be relatively safer at higher risk.
New Variant & Healthier Age Groups
It is seen that the fast-spreading coronavirus variant, first identified in parts of UK, as per new reports, may increase mortality rate by a higher percentage.
Does The New COVID-19 Strain Cause High Mortality?
Researches and preliminary findings in London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have identified that SARS-COV-2 variant may increase risk of dying by 33%.
Preliminary Findings - SARS-COV-2 Variant
A research team from Imperial College, London observed that the average fatality rate was higher for people infected with the B.1.1.7 strain.
Preliminary Findings - B.1.1.7 Strain
According to the study, men between 70-84 had a 5% higher risk of dying, and those above 85 have a 7% higher risk.
Who Faces A Higher Risk Of Severity & Mortality Right Now?
Researchers have previously found that B.1.1.7 variant is deadlier than original strain for all age groups, ethnicity, genders.
Are Younger People Relatively Safer From The Virus?
By S. Praneeth Simon
As per recent research, the new UK strain is particularly harmful to those under the age of 20, which includes younger kids too.