Deaths increasing in long-term homes, again.

The situation in long-term care homes is deteriorating, again. This was highly predictable. We must focus our attention on our most vulnerable population, and on measures that directly contribute to their health, safety, and well being.

Here is what I wrote back in December of 2020:

“When it was announced that 81% of deaths in Canada were occurring in long term care facilities, it should not have been controversial to suggest that 81% of our resources, social media outcry, and focus should have gone to these homes. By focusing on the public at large we risked lowering the level of protection for our most vulnerable population, while increasing the suffering that general lockdowns cause to people who are at very low risk for Covid-19.

It is becoming clearer each day that this virus is acting more as an agent of death than as a cause of death, and the weaknesses that allowed it to destroy lives have been a long time in the making. Improving our overall state of health while protecting our most vulnerable is the path forward most supported by the evidence. And while I agree with the Prime Minister of Quebec, Mr. Legault, who suggested that we should take it easy during the holidays and take more naps, I also believe that at some point we do need to wake up.”

Marc Jaoudé
Naturopath, Health Educator
Markito Fitness & Nutrition

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