19-year-old dies from COVID-19 in Quebec: health authorities

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MONTREAL – Quebec has seen very few youth deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, but on Thursday, the province’s health department confirmed that a 19-year-old had died from the disease. Due to the Health Privacy Act, the Robert Maranda Department of Health couldn’t say much else.

“We can confirm that a 19-year-old has died from complications from COVID,” he said.

“The exact date of death of this person remains to be officially confirmed in the data we have. ”

He could not disclose the person’s gender or where they live, he said.

Young people tend to be much less severely affected by COVID-19 than adults and especially older adults. No child has died in Canada so far from the disease, Dr Marc Lebel said Thursday while explaining the province’s new guidelines for school exemptions.

But a Montreal epidemiologist, Dr Christopher Labos, said news of the 19-year-old’s death should come as a reminder that COVID-19 is a very dangerous disease.

“We have turned to complacency, and I think this death, tragic as it is for the individual, is a wake-up call that we cannot become too complacent,” he said.

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