Joe Lunn spoke against lifting pandemic rules to protect the vulnerable. He died after contracting COVID-19 – CBC

Transplant patient in Thunder Bay, Ont., who had been battling health problems was 51

Sep 28, 2022

An immunocompromised man in Thunder Bay, Ont., who feared the consequences of relaxed public health measures died last month after testing positive for COVID-19.

Joe Lunn, a heart transplant recipient, told CBC News in March that he was worried about the Ontario government’s decision to do away with vaccine certificates in public places.

He had also expressed concerns about its plans to end mask mandates, saying he felt safer in public when others were also taking precautions against spreading the virus.

“I have fought too hard to stay alive to give up because you feel inconvenienced by a four-by-four inch cloth,” he said at the time.

Lunn had spent much of 2022 battling health issues, including signs of organ rejection, his sister Vierlyn Lunn said.

Despite limiting his contacts to a couple of family members and those involved in providing home care and cardiac rehab, Lunn tested positive for the virus on a PCR test he was required to undergo for cardiac rehab, Vierlyn said.

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