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Updated March 29, 2021, 2:48 p.m.
- The epidemiologist Eva Grill is alarmed by the virus variant B.1.1.7.
- With growing corona numbers, she expects more serious illnesses in younger people.
The President of the German Society for Epidemiology, Eva Grill, expects more severe disease courses in younger people with growing corona numbers.
“The problem is that with a further increase in the number of cases, the proportion of virus variant B.1.1.7 will continue to rise,” said Grill of the German press agency. The mutant, which was first discovered in Great Britain, is said to be both significantly more contagious and dangerous, “as it is associated with more severe disease processes”.
Epidemiologist Grill: More seriously ill people “in younger age groups”
The number of new deaths is falling among the very old, explained the president of the Ulm-based society, who is also a professor of epidemiology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. “This indicates that it is increasingly possible to protect the particularly vulnerable groups through vaccination.”
But even among 60 to 69-year-olds, the risk of death for those infected is still around four percent. This means that a sharply increasing number of cases will also lead to more sick and seriously ill people, according to Grill. “Only then in the younger age groups.” (dpa / mbo)
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