Majority of COVID-19 deaths were very old and had serious health problems: StatsCan

Canada had some of strictest public health orders in the world rivalling authoritarian communist states like China and Cuba: Oxford University

Most of the people who died from COVID-19 in Canada were over the age of 85 and had dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic heart disease and other pre-existing “cardiovascular and respiratory conditions,” according to a July 6 Statistics Canada report by the federal government.

Nine in ten deaths had a secondary cause listed on the death certificate. 

StatsCan revealed that 94 per cent of all Canadians who died of COVID-19 in 2020 were seniors older than 65. Of those, more than half were over 85 years of age, and the majority were residents of long-term care homes.

The report called Briefing on the Impact of COVID-19 on Seniors concluded that those who died from COVID-19 “may have been at a high risk of dying over this period regardless of the pandemic.”

COVID-19 was not the only cause of death. 

“Of the 15,300 people who died of COVID-19 between March and December 2020, nearly 9 in 10 had at least one other health condition or complication or another cause listed on the death certificate. Dementia or Alzheimer’s was listed on the death certificate of 36% of COVID-19 death certificates and was particularly common among those age 65 or older.”

The report was prepared by researchers at Statistics Canada and was presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources and Skill Development. Blacklock’s Reporter was the first to report this. 

Ninety-four per cent of COVID-19 deaths were seniors. Only 70 per cent of excess deaths were among those over 65. This means 30 per cent of excess deaths were among working-aged adults 64 years and younger versus six per cent of only COVID-19 deaths. 

The report suggests the lockdown and resulting difficulties for working-aged Canadians were worse than the disease itself. 

For instance, the report shows that seniors 65 and older were the least likely age category to report having difficulties with their financial situation, with fewer than 15 per cent saying the pandemic had a moderate or major impact. 

Compare this to upwards of 30 per cent for Canadians aged 35 to 44, and nearly 30 per cent for those aged 25-34. 

Similarly, older Canadians were the most likely to report being in very good or excellent mental health, with nearly 70 per cent reporting positive mental health. Compare this with the category of Canadians aged 18 to 34 years old, where more than 50 per cent reported negative mental health.

A recent report from the Sick Kids hospital revealed that 70 per cent of teenagers reported symptoms of depression as a result of the pandemic and lockdowns. 

Canada had some of the strictest public health orders in the world rivalling authoritarian communist states like China and Cuba, revealed Oxford University’s COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) suggests.

Canada’s COVID measures had a stringency score of 75.46. In comparison, China’s lockdown measures only surpassed Canada’s by a few points, with that communist country having a stringency score of 78.24.