Je ne peux plus regarder quelqu'un qui a 25 ans et direworry no more about COVID, ”said Dr Lisa Barrett
That’s according to an infectious disease expert who says about half of those currently hospitalized with complications from the virus are under the age of 50.
“This is something new and I think people should be very aware of it,” said Lisa Barrett, assistant professor at Dalhousie University. “It’s not just an infection these days that affects the elderly, it affects people who are young. “
Barrett told NEWS 95.7 replacement host Todd Veinotte that this was likely due to two factors: the variants are more transmissible, and many young Nova Scotians have yet to receive their first dose of the vaccine.
On Tuesday, the province lowered the age of eligibility for Pfizer and Moderna to 40 and over.
“The take-home message is that I can’t look at someone who is 25 anymore and say ‘don’t worry about COVID anymore’,” she said.
“There’s a good chance they’ll end up very sick, and not just with a cold or a sniffle, but in an intensive care unit with a breathing tube down their throat. “
As of May 11, 64 people would be hospitalized with COVID-19, including ten in ICUs.
Nova Scotia reported 118 new cases on Tuesday and now has 1,591 active cases.