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Toronto, Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): The death of a coronavirus patient in his 80s with underlying health conditions confirmed Monday by B.C. health officials in Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, B.C. has alerted Canadian health authorities' need to protect the most vulnerable; but it is not a cause for panic, media reports said.
Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, B.C. Image credit: Facebook page
"It's not unexpected that we would see patients in those age groups dying of this disease and it's similar with many other infections that with age your chance of dying from it goes up," said Dr. Jocelyn Srigley, a physician and clinical assistant professor with the department of pathology and lab medicine at the University of British Columbia.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the percentage of people who die from the illness is currently estimated at upwards of 3.4 percent, which is significantly higher than the seasonal flu at less than one percent.
In patients aged 70 and up, said WHO, fatality rate increases to eight percent, and for those above 80 years old, it rises to almost 15 per cent.