Even with the mild Omicron, it looks like history is repeating itself in the Province of Québec, with already some 150 deaths in nursing homes outbreaks in the past days. This is most likely an underestimate because of delays in reporting. There are nearly 800 nursing homes in the province with infected residents. Despite comprehensive vaccination, the infection rate is considerable and also likely to be underestimated. In 2020, most deaths from COVID-19 in Québec occurred in nursing homes, where close to nothing was actually done to avoid severe disease and death. Many residents were left alone, unfed, dehydrated, in horrific conditions, until they died. Since early 2020, Québec has been a “champion” when it comes to denying early treatment for COVID-19, and nothing has changed. Even with the mild Omicron, it’s pretty certain that the Province will not attempt to save the elderly trapped into its nursing home system. The focus of the government seems to blame the unvaccinated for anything bad that happens in the province. Soon, the unvaccinated will be prohibited to get to Home Depot!
Note: This is a January 15 updated version of the article. It is also available en français.
The Canadian province of Québec, sometimes, yet incorrectly, referred to as “La Belle Province” (because what is happening there is truly horrific), has made the headlines in recent days, with new proposals by the prime minister Legault to tax the unvaccinated, and also to prevent them from going to most places, including Home Depot.
But all of this may just be a smokescreen. Because despite a comprehensive vaccination campaign in nursing homes, there are now widespread active outbreaks of COVID-19, both in public and private institutions.
Remember, earlier in the pandemic, most deaths from COVID-19 in Québec occurred in nursing homes, where there was no effort made to provide treatment or to hospitalize those who were very sick from COVID-19. Like in Ontario, the army was event sent to attempt limit the damage at some point.
According to the report “The Impact of COVID-19 on Long-Term Care in Canada,” the Province of Québec did by far the worst job in the country when it comes to dealing with COVID-19 in long term care / nursing home facilities.
“I had never seen deaths happen so quickly,” Sylvie Morin told the Globe and Mail. Morin was an assistant chief nurse at Sainte-Dorothée, a long-term care (LTC) home where more than 100 residents died last year during the “first wave” of COVID-19. See the account in Life Site News.
The Quebec authorities had pushed their approach to the point of stopping the administration of Vitamin D to those at high risk of COVID-19, despite Vitamin D being known to contribute reducing the severity of COVID-19.
Now, with the new wave that is mostly made of Omicron – even if it is known to induce a much milder disease than previous strains -, it appears that a new major wave of nursing homes deaths is in the making in Québec.
Here is a summary table from the latest figures available for both public (CHSLD) and private (RPA) nursing homes. There are already over 150 deaths attributed to COVID.
As we have covered previously in this blog, it’s pretty easy to implement prophylaxis and early treatment for COVID-19 in nursing homes. With the mild Omicron, it would be even much easier and it’s hard to even comprehend how anyone would need to die from Omicron, as it’s so easily treatable.
But with the Québec government being in full denial of early treatment and of the ineffectiveness of the injections, of which the numerous outbreaks are a clear proof, attention of the public is being diverted by the politicians to the unvaccinated.
The latest measures adopted by the Québec demagogue politicians: to prevent the unvaccinated from going to Home Depot, and to levy a special tax on those who have resisted so far not to take the most deadly shot in medical history.
Make sure to watch our interview with Dr. Chetty about the Omicron and how to best treat it. Dr. Chetty has successfully treated nearly 8000 patients with COVID-19, without any need for hospitalization or even oxygen.