ICU study reveals Australian impact of the deadly Delta COVID-19 wave

Patients were younger and with fewer comorbidities but more succumbed to the more virulent variant, intensivists say

More patients were admitted to ICU in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last year than in the earlier waves and they were more likely to die, Australian research shows. 

The demographics were different, intensivists say, as these patients were also less likely to have comorbid conditions, to be young, pregnant and/or obese — as well as being mostly unvaccinated.

Thirty patients died during the first wave, 35 in the second wave and 281 during the third, or Delta, wave.

“After adjusting for age,