Premier Jason Kenny revealed shocking numbers based on the possible outcomes of COVID-19 in the province. If preventative measures are not followed, the province could face as many as 1,000,000 potential cases and 6,600 deaths. These projections are further worrying people living in the province with poor health conditions.
“I’m extra cautious”
Currently the province has over 2,800 COVID-19 cases and 55 deaths. Based on the governments projections the numbers could soon steeply rise. This is causing concern for minor heart attack victim Jonathan Hector as his age and current health condition are at high risk to the virus. The 63 year old is changing his entire routine to try and prevent any chance of contracting the virus. “I’ve been staying home lots, social distancing. The only time I go out is when i have to get groceries or for [heart] treatment. I’m extra cautious.”
“It’s doing more harm”
Even though the virus is primarily harming older aged people, younger people such as Jillian Brazier can be hugely effected by COVID-19. Brazier is 20 years old and has bad asthma, which she medicates with an inhaler. If she were to contract the virus, her lungs would not be able to fend off the harsh effect COVID-19 would have on her lungs. Brazier has a strong message for people that are not taking preventative measures to fend off the virus. “It might not effect you but you could be passing [the virus] to people that could die potentially from this. It’s not smart to be going anywhere when it’s doing more harm.”
There are many more people in Alberta like Hector and Brazier that face medical challenges. The only way to keep them safe is follow guidelines and regulations set by Federal and Provincial Governments. The virus could amount to numbers that the Government projected leading to a substantial loss of lives and will take its toll on our province.