UK Study Says New COVID-19 Variant Not More Dangerous, More Transmissable

Public Health England (PHE) reported that the new COVID-19 variant first discovered in the UK does not appear to cause more serious illness but is more contagious than the original strain.

Public Health England (PHE) reported that the new COVID-19 variant first discovered in the UK does not appear to cause more serious illness but is more contagious than the original strain.

For the PHE study, the researchers compared 1769 people infected with VUI – 202012/01, the new variant with 1769 who had what they described as “wild-type” virus. 

According to the test results, out of 42 people who were admitted to a hospital, 16 were infected with the new variant while 26 cases had wild type infections. 

Among fatalities, there were 12 deaths in variant cases compared to 10 deaths in wild-type cases.

“Preliminary results from the cohort study found no statistically significant difference in hospitalization and 28-day case fatality between cases with the variant and wild-type comparator cases,” said the study.

Susan Hopkins, the senior medical adviser to Public Health England, explained that the study shows that the new variant does not cause more severe disease or increased mortality but more studies need to be conducted. 

Aside from severity PHE researchers also confirmed that is more contagious than the so-called wild type which was supported by data from NHS Test and Trace, the national contact tracing system.


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