The number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia is increasing rapidly, along with the number of hospital cases.
In one week, the province has 263 active cases and five people in the hospital, 822 active cases and 34 people in the hospital, including six persons in the intensive care unit.
“They can’t feel sick very well very quickly,” said Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union.
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While hospitals saw far fewer COVID-19 patients in the first two waves, this is the third wave – which has seen variance spreading – hitting people harder, and it is targeting people of all ages.
“Most of these COVID patients are in their twenties, thirties, and forties,” Hazleton said.
“People need to understand that this is a terrible disease and if it catches on someone, they can die.”
“Just because you’re 20 doesn’t mean you’re not going to die if you get COVID.”
Already during the third wave, the country has seen deaths in the young population. Last week, a man died in his twenties in New Brunswick, and a 13-year-old girl in Brampton, ON. Recently died due to COVID-19.
As frontline activists do everything to take care of those in hospitals, Hazleton says there is growing frustration that some people are still not taking this epidemic seriously.
Over the weekend, the Halifax Regional Police has responded to several COVID-19-related calls, eventually handing over 27 tickets on Friday and Saturday nights that do not comply with the Public Health Protection Act. Each of these fines is $ 2,000.
“It is very discouraging to see all the activity and fines. People need to understand their actions, ”Hazelton said.
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“They are putting a risk on our health care system, this is untrue.”
Hazleton says hospital staff have already been diluted with nurses to help with vaccination and testing efforts. She says that if hospitalized, she would have to pull nurses from those efforts to care for patients.
“COVID patients require a significant amount of care,” Hazleton said.
“They require a lot of mental care, but also physically. It is stressful. “
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Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Lisa Barrett agrees that the difference between the last two to the third wave is the presence of variants.
She says that now not only are there more people in the hospital, but they are sick and younger.
“And not only people with other medical problems, there are people here who were sitting at home just before it looked great,” she said.
“Some of them are on ventilators, many of them are having a lot of difficulty breathing.”
Barrett says that people need to do their work at home, not to gather and test in groups.
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She says that she knows that people are getting upset over the restrictions, and that is her concern.
“If you are with other people right now, it is a big risk factor. You need to stay home and get vaccinated, because most people in the community are not even aware that they have the virus. ” He said.
“You don’t have to disobey the rules to be a carrier at this point. There is a lot of virus around. “
She says vaccination is also not a ticket to careless work.
“Many people are getting a vaccine one day and going out and behaving as if they are safe the next day, and unfortunately, I am seeing some of them in the hospital,” she explained.
“Please stay home, I can’t tell you how important it is for the next week. I do not want to meet any other Nova Scotians in the hospital. “
– with a file from Rebecca Lau
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