Canada's youngest COVID-19 death has been reported. On Friday, April 4, Alberta announced the death of a woman in her 20s due to complications from the novel coronavirus. She's reported to be the youngest COVID-19 death in the country as of now.
The announcement was made during the province's daily press briefing on Friday, April 3. Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported the passing of the young woman.
The woman was in the Edmonton zone and Dr. Hinshaw said that it's not clear at this time whether she had any underlying medical conditions. Her exact age has not been released by the province.
"This is a tragic reminder that it's not only the elderly or those with underlying conditions who are at risk," said Hinshaw.
Dr. Hinshaw, the Chief Medical Officer Of Health for Alberta, also addressed questions about letting the disease spread through young and healthy groups in order to increase the population's immunity over time.
"The problem is, we don't know who will have a severe case of this disease. Some people, who are young and healthy, will go on to have severe disease and even die," she stated.
She added that until the province has more information about who may be at the greatest risk and more evidence about possible treatments, the best way to prevent COVID-19 is to practice social distancing.
A report by the Public Health Agency of Canada compiles all the necessary stats about the extent of the disease in our country so far.
It states that three people between the ages of 20 and 39 have passed away in Canada due to the disease as of Sunday, April 6.
In addition to the Alberta woman, the two other individuals were men in their 30s. One was a 34-year-old man from Alberta, and the other was a man in his 30s from Quebec.
The three individuals make up the total millennial fatalities in the country so far, as confirmed by Global News.
As the disease has spread over the country, we've been told multiple times that the novel coronavirus doesn't care about your age.
Canada's Chief Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tham made it clear that young people are not immune to the disease, and that we should only look at other countries to see how rising cases can completely overwhelm a nation's health services.
She also informed the public that the majority of COVID-19 cases in the world are actually individuals from the young age group, but added that most of them do not get sick or require hospitalizations.
As shown in this particular example, it's very much possible to get infected and get seriously ill due to the disease.
As of Monday morning, April 6, Alberta has reported 1,250 cases across the province and 23 deaths. 279 individuals have already recovered from the disease.