Infections with ‘U.K. Variant’ B.1.1.7 Have Greater Risk of Mortality

Infections with ‘U.K. Variant’ B.1.1.7 Have Greater Risk of Mortality

At the top of this short list is a variant known as B.1.1.7, first detected in the United Kingdom in September 2020. Now comes more troubling news: emerging evidence indicates that infection with this B.1.1.7 variant also comes with an increased risk of severe illness and death [2]. In about half of the cases (accounting for nearly 5,000 deaths), it was possible to discern whether or not the infection had been caused by the B.1.1.7 variant. Their estimates suggest that B.1.1.7 infection was associated with 55 percent greater mortality compared to other SARS-CoV-2 variants over this time period. [4] Risk of mortality in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern 202012/1: matched cohort study.

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