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Unvaccinated people are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized for severe COVID-19

2021-08-24T20:29:55.962Z

The CDC study also indicates that there are five times more chances of getting infected for those who do not get vaccinated: if you are immunized you can also get sick, but it is much, much, much more difficult than it is serious or fatal.



By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. - CNBC

People who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus are up to 29 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than those who are fully immunized, according to a study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English).

The new research, published in the

CDC's

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

, also indicates that non-immunized people are nearly five times more likely to be infected with the coronavirus virus than vaccinated people.

The results are based on Los Angeles County data collected between May 1 and July 25, according to the federal agency.

"These data indicate that the vaccines protected against SARS-CoV-2 infection and against severe COVID-19 during a period when transmission of the delta variant was increasing," the health agency concluded in its study.

These indicators are consistent with analyzes by federal and state health authorities, which have been saying for weeks that millions of unvaccinated Americans are at serious risk of contracting the delta variant, the most contagious strain to date.

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, reiterated Tuesday that the data shows that "if you have not yet been vaccinated, you are among those most at risk."

"The risk and serious consequences of this virus should not be underestimated," added the CDC, "vaccines are the best tool we have to deal with this pandemic."

As of Monday, more than 201 million citizens in the United States, or 69% of the population, had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the CDC.

More than 171 million people, or 51.5%, are fully vaccinated.

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Mary Altaffer / AP

President Joe Biden said Monday that "virtually all" COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the United States remain unvaccinated.

"Let me be clear: there are cases where vaccinated people get COVID-19, but they are much less common than unvaccinated people who get COVID-19. And more importantly, their conditions are much less serious, "he explained.

The US authorities hope that the full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will convince some unvaccinated citizens to get immunized.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's chief medical adviser, said Monday that if the United States can get the majority of people who have not received the vaccines vaccinated, the country could have the virus under control by spring.

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"As we move into the spring [of 2022], we could start to regain a certain degree of normalcy, that is, resume the things that we hoped to do, go to restaurants, theaters, that kind of thing," he said during an interview. on CNN.

The study released Tuesday was based on the medical records of 43,127 Los Angeles County residents who were infected.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 correspond to admissions recorded during the 14 days after infection, the CDC specified.

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Among all county residents, hospitalization rates rose "exponentially" among unvaccinated, fully vaccinated, and partially vaccinated people.

The highest rates were for non-immunized patients at the end of June.

The study had some limitations, the agency noted.

For example, vaccination data was not available for people who lived in the county at the time of their confirmed infection but were vaccinated outside of California, leading to a misclassification of their vaccination status.

Source: telemundo

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