Premier of Ontario warning young people who feel ‘invincible’ to COVID-19

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TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford said he was shocked that COVID-19 cases are on the rise among young people in Ontario and warned that even if they feel invincible, “it will be another story for your parents.” Every day over the past week, people under 39 years of age account for the majority of new COVID-19 infections in the province, with most new cases reported in people aged 20 to 39 years.

“You can feel invincible and you’ll get by,” Ford said Monday at Queen’s Park. “(But) it’s not just about getting out of it. Yes, you are healthy, you are young, it concerns your parents and other family members and your grandparents. This is what you need to think about when you go out. ”

“It will be a different story for your parents and loved ones. ”

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the rise in cases among young people could be the result of ‘COVID fatigue’ and is now begging them to follow public health guidelines, such as maintaining a circle social to help prevent a second wave.

“Please do physical distancing, please wear face masks, please do frequent hand washing and so on,” Elliott said. “And please maintain a social circle, this is vitally important. ”

To date, Ontario has reported 1,980 cases of COVID-19 in people aged 19 and under, 11,352 cases between 20 and 39, there have been 11,413 cases between 40 and 59, almost 7,000 cases in people aged 60 and 79 and 6,006 cases in people 80 years and over.

Last month, Ontario’s top doctor warned young people who may become flippant about protecting themselves from COVID-19 that he was receiving reports of patients returning with prolonged health problems.

Dr David Williams said he had received anecdotal reports from doctors and medical groups in Ontario that patients 20 to 39 years old, who had only mild symptoms of COVID-19, were returning home. doctor after recovering with prolonged effects and problems. ”

“I wouldn’t be too flippant not to worry about getting infected because it’s a new disease and we still have a lot to learn,” Williams said. “We are starting to see cases where people who have had a relatively insignificant case of COVID-19 later are having effects and problems. ”

Williams said it was not known how many young patients complained of prolonged symptoms.

“Just because you might be young and you think the type of illness is going to be like flu illness for a few days, a little short of breath… You don’t know what the long term aspects are”, a- he added. “I’m not saying that I know something is definitely going to happen, (but) I have heard anecdotal reports. ”

On Monday, Williams said he hoped the trend was just a “brief burst” and that his team was working on a strategy to reduce the “cabin fever” of COVID-19.

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