U.K. COVID-19 variant causes ‘more severe illness,’ study says

U.K. COVID-19 Variant Causes, ‘More Severe Illness,’, Study Says.A new study published in the journal ‘Nature’has found that the U.K. COVID-19 variant is not onlymore transmissible but more deadly.The study took a look at data from almost5,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.K. andfound that two-thirds of those deaths wereconfirmed to have the variant, B.1.1.7. .Those infected with B.1.1.7. were at a 55 percent higher risk of dying within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19. .Another recently published study foundsimilar results; people who tested positivefor B.1.1.7. in a community setting weremore likely to die within 28 days.Thankfully, the COVID-19 vaccines appearto be highly effective against B.1.1.7., makingfast vaccine rollout even more vital. .B.1.1.7. was first detected inthe U.K. last fall and sparkedthe country’s second wave ofinfection in the winter.The U.K. experienced a devastatingly highnumber of deaths, leaving them with the secondmost COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in the world. .With B.1.1.7. already having spread across the globe and evenexpected to become the dominant strain in the United States, leadauthor Nick Davies hopes his study can “serve as a warning.” .The B.1.1.7 variant is more transmissible, andour research provides strong evidence that is alsocauses more severe illness. This should serve asa warning to other countries that they need toremain vigilant against B.1.1.7, which has alreadyspread to over 90 countries worldwide, Nick Davies, via ‘Forbes’