16-year-old dies of COVID-19 in Montreal

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A Montreal hospital has confirmed the death of a 16-year-old diagnosed with COVID-19.

The tragedy happened in Montreal on April 3 when a 16-year-old died of COVID-19. The Ste-Justine Hospital admitted the young girl as her conditions worsened but couldn’t prevent her untimely death. Nonetheless, spokesperson Florence Meney remarked that people that die at a young age of COVID-19 generally have “major comorbidities.”

The hospital has refused to share the identity of the 16-year-old out of privacy concerns for the victim. As of today, the 16-year-old is the youngest ever victim of COVID-19 in Quebec. The death may come as a shock for many, especially those who refuse to believe coronavirus’s deadliness. Meanwhile, vaccine-related allergies have made the news, with the population still not completely trustworthy of the vaccination campaign.

Dr. Don Shepperd, physician and director of the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity stated that such cases, while rare, do happen. “It’s not a zero-risk, unfortunately,” he said. “We have been extremely lucky, until now”. The hardest we have seen the coronavirus hit youngsters is children developing Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome. The Montreal’s Children Hospital has treated many such cases in the last months. Yet, there have been no acute cases of COVID-19-related symptomatology in children in Canada.

While deaths from COVID-19 in people younger than 30 are rare, this shouldn’t mean that teens and young people should be careless. Youngsters should still wear masks and avoid large gatherings, especially in areas with a higher risk of infection. Moreover, children and teenagers remain potent carriers of the SARS-CoV-2 even when asymptomatic. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to think that a sizable amount of positive cases contracted the coronavirus from asymptomatic family members. Therefore, parents and children should exercise the utmost caution at all times, especially with the stronger British variant spreading across the country.