Aussie boxers can expect to have their careers cut short by the coronavirus if they aren’t vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
A new survey found one in three boxers was likely to be in the final stages of the disease, with the likelihood of death among them increasing with each passing day.
The study, conducted by the University of Queensland, found one third of boxers were in the “critical” stage, with only half having been vaccinated and one in 10 still not receiving the jab.
Boxers who are in this critical stage are at higher risk of dying of the virus than those who haven’t received the jab, according to the survey.
Boxer Sam Roberts, left, is congratulated by his partner Daniel Mascarenhas after scoring a double in a bout against Joe Skelton in the Brisbane Classic.
Photo: Daniel Munoz Source: ABC News | Duration: 01:26:54Boxers were also less likely to receive a shot if they were older than 25 years old, with about three quarters of them aged between 15 and 29 years old.
“What we have seen in Australia is an increase in the number of people who are not receiving vaccinated and there are more people in this period of life, so there is an increased risk,” Dr David White, from the Queensland Centre for Excellence in Rabies Research, said.
“It’s a much more severe form of the coronacosis, but it’s also a much higher mortality rate.”
“In this situation, we’re not just looking at those aged 25 and older, but also the people who have not received a jab,” Dr White said.
Boxing promoter Jack Dempsey, who won the world title with the New Zealand boxers last year, has said he is confident his career will survive the coronascection.
“I’m confident that I’m going to be fighting the disease for the rest of my life,” he told the ABC’s 7.30 program.
“We have a good team around me, a good system in place and I feel very confident that we are going to make the right decision for my career.”
The survey also found the vast majority of Australians believe vaccination is the best way to prevent a fatal coronavosis.
The research found a quarter of Australians were not sure if they had received their jab, with almost one in five saying they didn’t know.
“In terms of the public, a majority of the population, who have received their vaccine, they believe that the vaccine is the most effective thing to prevent an acute coronavitis,” Dr Ian Walker, who conducted the research, told ABC News.
“But that’s not necessarily true, there is no evidence that the vaccinated person is protected from coronavillosis.”
Dr Walker said the study found the proportion of Australians who believed vaccination was the best method to prevent the coronavectae was “probably higher than that”.
“People are more likely to vaccinate in Australia than they are in the United States, where vaccination is mandatory,” he said.
Dr Walker, from Melbourne’s Royal Melbourne Hospital, said the results were the result of a large national survey and showed Australians’ views on the matter were not uniform.
“There are a lot of things that are quite interesting to us, that are being studied in a way that we’re really interested in understanding,” he explained.
“This is the first time that we’ve had an Australian survey, and we really want to understand what’s going on in our community, and the community in general.”
Dr White said Australia’s vaccination rates were at the highest level of any country in the world.
“Vaccination rates in Australia are at the best we’ve seen in the past 10 years, we have an extremely high vaccination rate and we have a very high level of vaccine uptake,” he added.
“The vaccination rate is quite high, we’ve got some of the best immunisation rates in the developed world.”
Topics:diseases-and-disorders,rabies,vaccination,paediatrics,covid-19,health,health-policy,disease-control,vaccinations,united-statesContact: Daniel McEvoy,Daniel Mascareras,Jack Dempsey,Daniel Walker,joe-skelton,jacks-mcgregor,paul-daviesContact: Stephanie Pappas,Victoria University of Wellington,Victoria,AUS,Queensland,QldContact: David WhiteKey points:A large survey has found the majority of Australian boxers are not vaccinated, despite the fact they are expected to have long-term careersThe research finds that one in four Australians are not sure whether they have received a vaccineDr White, who is also a research fellow at the Queensland centre, said more information needed to be gathered before a firm decision could be made on whether the vaccine should be made compulsory