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Research shows that the UK strain COVID-19 did not lead to more deaths


A new study found that the coronavirus variant first identified in the UK spreads more easily than older strains but did not lead to more severe illness in hospitalized patients, a new study found.

People infected late last year with the variant, known as B.1.1.7, had more virus in their bodies than patients infected with older strains, an indication of variation. Newer ones are more infectious, according to The study was published online on Monday of the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. But patients hospitalized with B.1.1.7 did not die at a higher rate or had an overall worse outcome.

The findings add to scientists’ understanding of the effects of B.1.1.7, which have become particularly important now that this strain has become dominant. case in UK, USA and some other countries.

Eleni Nastouli, a clinical virologist and pediatrician at University College London and senior author of the article, said: “If you need hospitalization, you won’t be worse with this variant than with the virus strain. withdraw previously.

“Of course, if you are asking for hospitalization because of Covid, that is a concern,” she added. “But it’s no more than the previous one.”

An expanded version of this report can be found at WSJ.com

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