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As Alberta's COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise at record rates, the province's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw offered a stark warning to people who don't fear the disease because they are not considered to be in a high-risk category.

"We do not yet know the long-term consequences of getting infected," Hinshaw said at a news conference in Edmonton on Thursday. "(Some people) could face prolonged recoveries and long-term health risks. These long-term symptoms vary in severity and duration."

The doctor spoke about the concerning numbers of people in younger age groups still contracting the illness, while noting that "in no way are young people the sole cause of cases we are seeing."

She emphasized that her message to younger Albertans is that even though they may generally have a lower chance of facing severe outcomes from COVID-19, "these are not the only risks."

"These are still early days," Hinshaw said, referring to researchers' ongoing work to try to better understand COVID-19 and its potential lasting effects. "(It) can have long-term and potentially devastating impacts on people's long-term health."

Hinshaw said her team is continually looking at ways to improve its messaging aimed at young people through focus groups and surveys.

For more: https://globalnews.ca/news/7414567/hinshaw-warning-young-albertans-long-term-covid-19-effects/

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