Americans aged 18 to 49 made up A THIRD of all Covid hospitalizations during recent Delta wave compared to quarter before the variant became dominant – but vaccinated were not affected, CDC report finds

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  • Younger Americans made up a greater proportion of Covid hospitalizations during the delta period than in the previous period, a CDC report finds
  • The share of hospitalized patients aged 18 to 49 increased from 24.7% to 35.8%, surpassing the 65 and older age group as well.
  • This change was entirely among non-vaccinated people, increasing their share of hospitalizations from 26.9% to 43.6%.
  • Researchers point to lower vaccination rates among younger Americans than older adults to account for this increase.

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Younger adults made up a greater proportion of COVID-19-related hospitalizations during the Delta variant-fueled summer surge, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found.

The report, published on Friday, found that Americans aged 18 to 49 made up 35.8 percent of Covid hospitalizations during the ‘delta period’.

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This is a sharp increase compared to the 24.7 percent hospitalizations for this age group in the pre-delta period.

The increase was almost entirely felt by non-vaccinated people, however, with 26.9 percent of hospitalizations for 18- to 49-year-olds who did not receive the jab in the pre-delta period and delta was 43.6 percent during the period.

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Researchers say this data highlights the need for young adults – who are less likely to get the Covid jab – to get the shots.

People aged 18 to 49 made up 35% of all hospitalizations during the delta type period, with their share of the burden rising from 24.7% to 35.8%. This change was entirely among the uneducated youth

The researchers also found that the delta variant did not increase the risk of dying from the virus, so deaths remained low among young people despite hospitalization.

The researchers also found that the delta variant did not increase the risk of dying from the virus, so deaths remained low among young people despite hospitalization.

NS CDC collected data from 14 states Using the COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network, called COVID-NET, a system that collects Covid data across the country for use in such studies.

Overall, 5,951 hospitalizations 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-origin variant became the dominant US strain.

Hospitalizations were considered part of the delta period from July and August 2021.

All patients included in the study were divided into three age groups, ranging in age from 18 to 49 years, 50 to 64 years of age, and 65 years of age or older.

In the pre-delta period, the 65 and older group had the largest amount of hospitalization at 44.1 percent, with the 50-to-64 age group at 31.2 percent and the 18-to-49 group at 24.7 percent . of covid hospitals.

CDC researchers attribute the change in the age of people hospitalized with the virus to low vaccination rates among young people.  Pictured: A Covid patient receives treatment in Grant Pass, Oregon on September 9

CDC researchers attribute the change in the age of people hospitalized with the virus to low vaccination rates among young people. Pictured: A Covid patient receives treatment in Grant Pass, Oregon on September 9

However, the numbers changed drastically during the delta period, and suddenly the age group of 18 to 49 began to account for the largest share of hospitalizations.

Members of the youngest age group accounted for 35.8 percent of Covid hospitalizations during the delta period.

People aged 50 to 64 accounted for 30.4 percent – ​​the smallest share – of those 65 and older, 33.58 percent hospitalized.

This change was felt entirely among non-vaccinated people.

Of the 5,900 cases detected during the pre-delta period, 4,896 patients were not vaccinated.

Before Delta, unvaccinated people aged 18 to 49 made 26.9 percent of hospitalizations, a figure that rose to 43.6 percent during the Delta period.

There was also a small increase for non-vaccinated people aged 50 to 64, ranging from 32.4 percent to 33.6 percent of hospitalizations.

However, there was a sharp drop in the share of older people being hospitalized.

Unvaccinated Americans age 65 or older made only 22.8 percent of hospitalizations during the delta period, down from 40.6 percent in the pre-delta period.

Figures for vaccinated people, including 389 hospitalizations before Delta and 393 hospitalizations later, remained stable when the highly infectious version was introduced.

Researchers believe this sudden change is due to the vaccination rates of each age group.

Nearly every single American aged 65 to 74 has received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 93 percent of those aged 75 or older have also.

While these age groups are at particularly high risk from the virus, vaccines have for the most part been shown to be effective in preventing hospitalization and death.

In comparison, vaccination rates among young people are very low.

Vaccination rates are significantly lower among young people than in older people.  Nearly all Americans 65 or older have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine at this point, compared to less than 70% of adults under the age of 40.

Vaccination rates are significantly lower among young people than in older people. Nearly all Americans 65 or older have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine at this point, compared to less than 70% of adults under the age of 40.

Only 65 percent of Americans aged 18 to 24 have received at least one shot of the vaccine.

Less than 70 percent of those aged 25 to 39 have gotten the jab, and 77 percent of Americans ages 40 to 49.

During the rise of the Delta variant, many young people were unexpectedly hospitalized, without additional protection.

Mortality remained low during the delta period, however, the researchers also found that the delta variant did not increase the likelihood of death in patients.

Because younger people are at lower risk of dying from the virus, even when hospitalised, hospitalizations did not die during the delta surge, as had happened in previous Covid surges.

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