Younger Americans made up a much larger share of Covid hospitalizations during the Delta period than previous periods, a CDC report finds. The share of hospitalized patients aged 18 to 49 increased from 24.7% to 35.8%, surpassing that of even the 65 and older age group. People aged 18 to 49 made up 35% of all hospitalizations during the Delta variant period. This is a sharp increase from the 24.7 percent of hospitalizations this age group made up in the pre-Delta period. The rise was almost entirely felt by the unvaccinated, though, with 18-to-49-year-olds accounting for 26.9 percent. CDC gathered data from 14 states using the COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network. Study looked at hospitalizations from January to June 2021, before the Indian-born variant became America's dominant strain. Study found that the Delta variant does not increase the risk of someone dying from the virus. People aged 18 to 49 made up 35.8 percent of hospitalizations during the Delta period. People aged 50 to 64 made up 30.4 percent, with the 65 and older crowd making up 33.58 percent. Of the 5,900 cases detected during the pre-Delta period, 4,896 of the patients were unvaccinated.
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