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  • Canada - Ontario: Sudden COVID deaths at home a mystery, 'Significant number' of young people are dying at home with COVID-19 - April 23, 2021

    Source: https://www.insidehalton.com/news-st...stery-coroner/

    Sudden COVID deaths at home a mystery: coroner
    The Canadian Press
    Friday, April 23, 2021

    TORONTO ? An increase in the number of COVID-19 patients dying unexpectedly at home without having called for an ambulance is a troubling new trendthat needs further investigation, Ontario's chief coroner said on Friday.

    Why exactly patients who don't appear to be seriously ill are suddenly taking a drastic turn for the worse has yet to be determined, Dirk Huyer said in an interview.

    "They didn't have severe symptoms that would typically have people go to the hospital," Huyer said. "It's still work that we're trying to work through. It certainly seems that people are passing more quickly than we saw earlier."

    Between April 1 and April 22, coroners have seen 25 cases of people in southern and central Ontario who have died of coronavirus disease at home. Ages of the victims ranged from the late 20s to their late 80s.

    "I don't see a specific factor that I would say, 'hey, this is something we've seen throughout these,'" Huyer said.

    While the numbers of home deaths are likely higher ? Huyer was unable to quantify the increase and statistics for about half the province are not yet available ? they are still relatively small. As of Friday, Ontario reported 7,863 people have died from COVID-19, with 34 new deaths. An average of more than dozen deaths are being reported daily, most occurring in hospitals.

    Coroners have yet to identify a common thread to the home deaths beyond noting the increase...

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    'Significant number' of young people are dying at home with COVID-19: Ontario coroner
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    Author of the article:Ceilidh Young, Special to National Post
    Publishing date:Apr 23, 2021 ? 2 hours ago ? 2 minute read ? 23 Comments

    Ontario is seeing a great number of young Canadians dying at home with COVID-19, with an average of two people a day.

    Over the past two weeks there has been 25 deaths of people who have died at home, 16 were under the age of 60.

    ?This is a significant number that we?ve been involved with, compared to earlier in the pandemic,? said. Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario?s chief coroner and coordinator of the province?s outbreak response team.
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    ?These people have not been able to obtain health care because the disease affected them so quickly and so seriously, leading to deaths in the community, which we did not see in the Office of the Chief Coroner in the first wave,? he said.

    People who have died at home ranged in age from in their 30s to in their 80s.
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    ?We are still evaluating and trying to understand all of the circumstances,? he said on Thursday. ?But certainly, it?s notable in the face that this is a younger population ? who are suffering serious consequences in the form of death in a quicker period of time than we saw in the past.?

    All of those who have died at home have either been symptomatic, with either a positive test or had been in close contact with another positive case

    Although these people exhibited symptoms, they weren?t serious enough for hospitalization, but then rapidly deteriorated. Dr. Huyer says that symptoms are individual to the person so it?s hard to determine who needs medical care.
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    https://nationalpost.com/news/signif...ntario-coroner
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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      bump this

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        More COVID-19 patients dying at home, Ontario coroner says
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        Emma Paling ? CBC News ? Posted: Apr 24, 2021 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago
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        Some COVID-19 patients are now becoming so ill so quickly that they die before seeking medical attention, Ontario's chief coroner said.

        At least 25 people have died in their homes rather than in hospitals or nursing homes since April 1, Dr. Dirk Huyer told CBC News Friday. There could be more cases that his office is unaware of, he added.
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        He said he was particularly troubled that some of the people who've died at home were in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
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        "It's not that people were ignoring symptoms ? These are people who did have a stable condition and then deteriorated very quickly to their unfortunate deaths," he told reporters.

        It's too early to say whether this is happening because of new variants of the virus that are more transmittable and can cause more severe illness, Huyer told CBC.
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        https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/covid...oner-1.6000327
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • Emily
          Emily commented
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          Maybe time to send O2 monitors to patients' homes in Canada?
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