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B.C. has seen fewer post COVID-19 complications than other regions

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April 28, 2020 - 4:28 PM

Post COVID-19 complications have become a growing concern within countries that have been dealing with the onslaught of the pandemic and B.C. is not immune to it all.

Post-ICU patients are reporting heart and lung issues, as well as damage to livers and kidneys abroad and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that they are seeing the same complications but that B.C.’s survival rate is higher.

“Yes, we have seen a number of the complications that are being seen other places including somebody who, unfortunately, died from a pulmonary embolism,” Dr. Henry said.

She said there have also been strokes among those in B.C. who suffered from COVID 19.

That said, B.C.’s ICU case fatality rate is much lower than what's been reported in other places around the world.

One case that stood out to Dr. Henry was a woman in her 80s who was on a ventilator for a number of days but then was released from hospital and is now at home and recovering.

“Thankfully (B.C. has) not had as many people in ICU as other places so we may not be seeing all of the same complications that have been seen in other places,” she said.

Another growing area of concern internationally has been new health issues arising among young people that may be linked to COVID-19.

Dr. Henry said that B.C. has seen very few cases of children with the disease.

“We have five cases in children who are less than 10 years of age, including an infant, and 14 cases and young people between the ages of 10 and 19,” she said.

“So, we've had only one … hospitalization, and no ICU admissions in our children,” she said. “But we're obviously watching that very carefully and particularly some of the issues that we're seeing arise in the UK.”

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