More and more males and more and more young, the trend of infections changes and it does so also due to the celebrations for the victory of the Europeans. This is what can be seen from the latest report of theHigher Institute of Health (Iss), who takes stock of the situation three weeks after Mancini’s Italy won the European title over England.
THE TREND – “Since the end of June, the incidence in males between 10 and 39 years is always higher than that observed in females. Likely, this trend may be due to transient behavioral changes“, reads the latest report. The ISS does not explicitly talk about Euro 2020 but, as it highlights The Corriere della Sera, considering that this started on 11 June and the incubation lasts a few days, the times coincide. The Delta variant undoubtedly contributed to the increase in infections, which in Italy exceeded 90% of the cases detected, but for the ISS: “transient behavioral changes may have played a role in the increase in cases, the extent of which cannot be explained only by the greater transmissibility of the Delta “.
VACCINE EFFECT AND UK EXAMPLE – The average age of infections continues to drop (26 years) and this is also thanks to the wide vaccination coverage in the older age groups. The ISS stresses: “Higher vaccination coverage and the completion of vaccination cycles are the main tools to prevent further outbreaks sustained by emerging variants with greater transmissibility.” It also looks at the Great Britain, an example that bodes well: for days the infections have been decreasing after the peak of mid-July, according to the estimate ofOffice for national statistics, 92% of adults in England and Wales have antibodies, thanks to the vaccine or a previous infection, a larger audience than the Italian one. The Financial Times writes: “Part of the drop in cases may be due to a decrease in testing, but for experts this may not be the main reason. The end of the school year is probably a factor, as is the end of Europeans. We have evidence that every England game was followed by a spike in infections, especially in homes and pubs. “