Younger adults made up a higher share of COVID-19-related hospitalizations during the Delta variant-fueled summer surge, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report finds.
The report, published on Friday, found that Americans aged 18 to 49 made up 35.8 percent of Covid hospitalizations during what is considered the ‘Delta period.’
This is a sharp increase from the 24.7 percent of hospitalizations this age group made up in the pre-Delta period.
The rise was almost entirely felt by the unvaccinated, though, with 18-to-49-year-olds accounting for 26.9 percent of hospitalizations among people who had not received the jab in the pre-Delta period and 43.6 percent during the Delta period.
Researchers say this data highlights the need for young adults – who are less likely to have received the Covid jab – to get the shots.
The CDC gathered data from 14 states using the COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network, dubbed COVID-NET, a system that gathers Covid data nationwide for use in studies like this.
In total, 5,951 hospitalization from the ‘pre-Delta’ period and 1,664 from the ‘Delta’ period were included in the study.
The pre-Delta period included hospitalizations from January to June 2021, before the Indian-born variant became America’s dominant strain.
Hospitalizations from July and August 2021 were considered to be a part of the Delta period.
All patients whose hospitalizations were included in the study were split into three age groups, those aged 18 to 49, aged 50 to 64 and those aged 65 or older.
In the pre-Delta period, the 65 and older age group accounted for the largest amount of hospitalizations, at 44.1 percent, with the 50-to-64 age group accounting for 31.2 percent and the 18-to-49 group making up 24.7 percent of Covid hospitalizations.
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Source: Daily Mail