Second wave: intensive care overwhelmed by young people?

Second wave: intensive care overwhelmed by young people?

The second wave of COVID-19 no longer affects only the elderly in CHSLDs, it also affects the population in all regions of Quebec.

If young people are now more affected by the virus than they were in the spring, they also risk being the ones who will overflow intensive care since they will stay there longer, believes Dr. François Marquis, head of care intensive care units at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.

“A very old, very mortgaged person who is very sick tends to die quickly, which frees up their place. It's sad, but it's a reality, ”he explains.

Younger patients who end up in intensive care, on the other hand, will stay there longer, which can clog the system much faster.

“A young person can easily stay 70, 100 days in intensive care,” says Dr. Marquis.

“Give me about 20 of these kids, and for the next 100 days, my intensive care will be completely crippled. And that means anyone else who needed intensive care; we won't know where to put them, ”he gives as an example.

“That's the danger of having a younger population that becomes the carrier of the virus,” he warns.

Listen to Dr. François Marquis's full interview in the video above.

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