The majority of Brazilians who are in intensive care due to COVID-19 are now under 40, the coordinator of a study from the Brazilian Association of Intensive Care (AMIB) revealed on Sunday.
There are now more than 11,000 under 40s in intensive care. They became the majority (52.2%) in March, according to AMIB study coordinator Dr. Ederlon Rezende They were only 14.6% at the start of the pandemic a year ago, then 45% between September and February, according to the same study.
This population previously only contracted a milder form of the disease and did not require intensive care, explained Dr Rezende.
Such an increase for this age group is very significant. The AMIB study explains this for several reasons.
People over 80 – who now make up just 7.8% of people in intensive care with COVID-19 – are now mostly vaccinated.
In addition, younger people are more exposed, either because they have to work or because they believe they are less vulnerable.
The local variant to blame
Finally, the Brazilian variant of the virus, named P1, is according to experts the main cause of the spectacular increase in the number of deaths in March.
Younger patients, without having other illnesses, have more serious cases upon arrival at intensive care., said Dr Rezende.
The number of COVID-19 patients who end up in intensive care without having other aggravating illnesses reached in March almost a third of the total (30.3%), according to the study, while the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care reached a record 58.1%.
Brazil recorded 66,500 deaths from COVID-19 in March, more than double the previous record of July 2020.
More than 351,000 people have died in a total of just over a year from the disease in Brazil, which has a population of 212 million. This record is only exceeded by the United States.
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