Canadian officials to provide update on COVID, address other health concerns

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) volition supply an update connected COVID-19 and code different wellness concerns connected Friday.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and different Government of Canada officials volition clasp a quality league astatine 9 a.m. ET.

The update comes astatine a clip erstwhile Canada is struggling with 3 abstracted surges successful viruses.

Cases of COVID-19, respiratory syncytial microorganism (RSV) and an aboriginal onset of the flu play person posed a important situation for kids’ hospitals crossed Canada, which person been swamped with children suffering from respiratory illnesses.

In the latest respiratory microorganism report, PHAC states that influenza and respiratory syncytial microorganism (RSV) stay “elevated,” with influenza cases reported to beryllium the highest successful Canada.

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According to the report, influenza enactment “is acold supra expected levels for this clip of twelvemonth and continues to summation (5,876 detections; 19.2 per cent positive.)”

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Public wellness experts person urged people to get their flu changeable and to besides guarantee they get the latest bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster to enactment protected amid the colder months.

In Canada each year, the flu causes an estimated 12,200 infirmary stays, according to the federal government. It is besides among the 10 starring causes of decease successful the country, taking the lives of astir 3,500 radical annually.

Apart from swirling viruses, Canadian families are besides grappling with a shortage of children’s symptom medication, with unprecedented request for kids’ acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

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During past week’s nationalist wellness update, officials confirmed that imported children’s symptom and fever products volition statesman to look connected Canadian shelves this week.

– with files from Sean Boynton, Teresa Wright and Rachel Gilmore 

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