‘COVID was never gone’: As cases rise in B.C., so do worries about normalizing the coronavirus – CBC

New figures show COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have increased in the province

Sep 26, 2023

Candace Latham has never stopped wearing a mask.

The Vancouver mother and her 15-year-old son are both immunocompromised, which has made the past 3½ years of COVID-19 extremely difficult. Latham says her child contracted the coronavirus that causes the disease while at school last year and has had long COVID ever since.

“He is exhausted. This summer, while everybody else was out doing fun things, this kid actually slept till 5 p.m.,” Latham told CBC News. “It is not over for the immunocompromised.”

People like Latham, along with infectious disease specialists and British Columbia’s human rights commissioner, are now concerned about an increase in COVID-19 cases in the province — especially because it appears that many people have stopped following recommended health measures like wearing masks and staying home when sick.

New figures from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) show COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths all increased during the four-week period from Aug. 20 to Sept. 16.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/covid-surge-normalizing-virus-1.6977974

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