How often are Canadian kids actually getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19?
2021-04-29 from cbc.ca
It would be any parent's worst nightmare during this pandemic: a child contracting COVID-19, falling seriously ill and dying.
Tragically, that's been the reality for multiple Canadian families this year. In Ontario this month, a 13-year-old girl infected with the virus died at her home in Brampton. Earlier in April, the deaths of two children were tied to COVID-19 complications — a 16-year-old in Quebec, and a toddler in B.C.
And in January, B.C. also had its youngest death yet from the illness: a baby who died from COVID-19 while being treated at the children's hospital.
The harrowing headlines may give parents pause, but how much are children and teens actually at risk from this virus during the pandemic's third wave?
Thankfully, though variants are circulating and cases in many regions remain high, including among younger Canadians, serious illness or death among youth remains rare. Even so, medical experts do say parents need to remain vigilant in the months ahead — since it'll be a while before Canadian kids get the protection of vaccinations.
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