New Delhi. During the first wave of the corona virus epidemic, where the risk of getting infected was eight times higher and the risk of dying after being infected was five times higher than the general population, people were advised to prevent the disease. This has been revealed in a study. The researchers said that people at moderate risk were four times more likely to get Kovid-19 and five times more likely to die from infection than those in the low-risk group.
The study said, ‘Despite the rescue strategy, the risk of death was increased in high-risk individuals. In addition, to be effective as a population strategy, the defense parameters will need to be broadly expanded and for this we can include other parameters such as elderly.
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In the early days of the pandemic, many Western countries widely used protective gear, or self-isolation, to protect those at high risk of COVID-19 and reduce stress on health infrastructure. The study, led by the University of Glasgow, examined the effectiveness of the shielding strategy by comparing COVID-19 outcomes between shielded and unshielded individuals in the west of Scotland.
The researchers looked at data from 1.3 million patients registered with a GP practice in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) between March and May 2020. About 2.03% of registered patients were advised prevention, while about 27% were classified as moderate risk due to health conditions such as diabetes. There were 140 deaths (0.51%) with 299 (1.1%) confirmed infections in the shielded group.
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The results suggest that this strategy may not be as effective in protecting those people from infection and death as expected. Professor Jill Pell, director of the Glasgow Institute of Health and Wellbeing and a co-author of the study, said in a statement that shielding, along with other population-wide measures such as physical distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene, is to protect the high-risk individual. should be used.
In addition, he said, ‘Our study also showed that the importance of prevention in reducing the burden on health services may be limited because, despite the shielding strategy, the risk of death in high-risk individuals increased. Was.’ The study, titled ‘Comparison of COVID-19 outcomes between shielded and non-shielded populations’, has been published in Scientific Reports.
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