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Were snowbirds disproportionally impacted by COVID-19? an Ontario analysis

Shariff SZ, Richard L, Dixon S, Clemens KK. Healthc Q. 2021; 23(4):6-8. Epub 2021 Jan 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.12927/hcq.2020.26401


Early in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, many older adult Canadians who routinely spend the winter months in warmer regions (colloquially known as "snowbirds") returned to Canada. While numerous infections were attributed to travel-related exposure at that time, little is known about the impact of COVID-19 on returning snowbirds. This population-based analysis from Ontario suggests that snowbirds were not disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. However, as older adults, they remain at high risk of complications once infected. These findings underscore the need for continued caution in this older adult population.

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