Young, healthy people need intensive care more quickly with COVID-19 variants, Tam says
|globalnews.ca 06 Apr 2021 at 19:21|
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Provincial governments are grappling with how to bring the third wave of COVID-19 under control, as the more virulent variants of the virus begin to dominate and younger, healthier people are getting very sick, very quickly.
From Ontario and Quebec to British Columbia and Alberta, fear of the variants is growing as swiftly as the caseloads, particularly for young people who might still think the virus won’t hit them that hard.
“This is a reminder that COVID-19 can impact people of all ages, and severe illness can occur at any age,” said Dr. Theresa Tam , Canada’s chief public health officer.
Provincial health officials report increasing numbers of hospital admissions of younger patients who soon need intensive care, she said Tuesday. “Many of them deteriorate quite quickly and have to be admitted to the ICU.”
Tam said there were on average 6,100 new cases of COVID-19 a day over the last week, and 31 deaths, up from 4,600 new cases and 26 deaths a week earlier.
But the hospitalization numbers concern her the most, and the share of hospitalized patients who need critical care is growing fastest.