‘These are real people’: With COVID deaths well above the norm, N.S. seniors share concerns – CBC

Nova Scotians 70 and older have a death rate from COVID-19 that is 280 times higher than those under 50

Feb 12, 2023

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingered and the death toll increased, Nova Scotian Judy Aymar noticed how the province’s leaders no longer offered condolences when new deaths were announced.

“These are real people,” she said. “These are people who at one point in their lives, they built families, they built communities and they helped build the province. Why have they become a statistic and not a person?”

The province’s COVID-19 briefings once started with updates on how many people had died and would include condolences from the premier and chief medical officer of health.

But briefings have been discontinued. Updates on the state of the pandemic now come from a weekly update to the province’s COVID-19 dashboard, as well as monthly epidemiology reports.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-covid-19-deaths-seniors-2023-1.6742493

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