César Carballo explains why so many people continue to die from Covid-19. More than 70% of the population of Spain is already vaccinated. However, the death toll remains high.The Delta variant of Covid-19 is more transmissible than that of Wuhan.
The Spanish vaccination strategy has already exceeded 70% of the Spanish population and is moving towards 90%, with the immunization of young people over 12 years of age. However, significant numbers of deaths continue to be produced every day. Dr. César Carballo gives some clues.
On laSexta Noche, the deputy doctor of the emergency service at Hospital Ramón y Cajal recalled that many deaths still occur. “The fifth wave of coronavirus has killed almost 6,000 people this summer, which is twice as many victims as 9/11.” “Vaccination is not enough to defeat the virus. In addition, you have to have case control strategies,” he stressed.
One of the reasons that explains this mortality, the doctor pointed out, is the greater transmissibility of the Delta variant of Covid-19. “That a variant is more transmissible is one of the worst things that can happen to us,” said César Carballo. Specifically, he warned that the transmission rate of Delta is higher than that of the original Wuhan virus and that, therefore, mortality will be higher because more people are infected (regardless of whether the new variants are more or less deadly).
“Those infected in five cycles with the original virus would be 16, while with the Delta variant 256 would be reached. In the first case there would be one death, in the second 25”, he explained. “The Delta variant is much more infectious and what it has done is it has caused us a fifth wave,” he added.