COVID-19 vaccines can effectively cut ICU stays

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In a new study from the Medical University of South Carolina, researchers found vaccination is not only effective in keeping teens out of the hospital because of COVID-19, but it’s also effective in keeping teens from becoming so ill that they must stay in the intensive care unit or receive life support.

In the study, the team compared 445 COVID-19 patients at 31 hospitals in 23 states with 777 patients who didn’t have COVID-19. All of the patients were between 12 and 18 years old.

They found the vaccine was 98% effective against COVID illness that required ICU care and 98% effective against COVID illness that required life support.

Of the 180 teens who were admitted to the ICU, only two had been vaccinated. None of the 13 teens who needed extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or the seven who died were vaccinated.

None of the children who have been admitted for COVID-19 have been vaccinated.

The two groups in this study—the COVID patients and the non-COVID patients—were similar in that 70% in each group attended in-person school.

Of the COVID patients, 74% had at least one underlying condition, and among the non-COVID patients, 70% had at least one underlying condition.

The team noted that underlying conditions are quite common.

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The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine and was conducted by Elizabeth Mack et al.

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