Under 20s, more prone to new strain of Covid: Study

The Imperial College points out that the mutation detected in the United Kingdom and found days ago in Chile and the United States, can cause the same patient to infect more people

The new strain of Covid-19 that recently appeared in the United Kingdom and which has been shown to be easier to spread than the original, would also be easier to contract by young people under 20 years of age, says a new report from the Imperial College of London, to which other groups of scientists have joined.

The new variant has generated concern in several specialists, since it has been found that it is transmittable more easily and quickly than the initial strain of SARS-COV-2, and it has also been linked to greater growth in all areas, according to the specialists report.

Specifically, the Imperial College researchers noted that the virus’s reproduction rate may increase, which means that there may be an increase in how many people a patient can infect. According to the report, the increase could be as much as 0.7 percent.

Likewise, Neil Ferguson, professor at Imperial College and who has worked on modeling the outbreak that emerged a few weeks ago, the characteristics of the new strain will make it more difficult to control the pandemic and accentuate the urgency that the world has for the vaccine, the which is urgently required.

In that sense, the study shows that some measures used with the original strain, such as healthy distance or social distancing, have not been effective in containing the spread of Covid-19 with this mutation, which is up to 70 percent more contagious, according to the British government report, although it did not present any documentation in this regard.

However, the researchers used statistical tools to find the relationship between the new strain detected in the United Kingdom and the transmission capacity. In recent weeks it has been found that there is some data that allows the containment of the disease to be better planned, Ferguson explained in the report.

Finally, the researchers note that it is likely that the transmission of the new strain appears to be more transmissible in young people, since the research was carried out when schools were still open even when there was confinement. 

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