Respiratory viruses could make things complicated

Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health, Huron Perth Public Health.

Summer’s over, winter’s on the way and the flu season and COVID-19 numbers are higher now than they’ve been since early May.

Huron Perth Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health said the next few months are going to be very challenging.

Dr. Miriam Klassen said there are a lot of similarities between the flu and COVID-19, as well as a number of other respiratory viruses.

“In temperate climates like this, we see more respiratory viruses circulating in the wintertime. So that can include influenza, but other respiratory viruses as well and that’s going to make things more complicated,” said Klassen. “So all the respiratory viruses, things like cough and shortness of breath and fever, sore throat. They can be featured in any one of those viruses and if you’re sick enough, you get the headache, you can have vomiting.”

Dr. Klassen said the province is coming out with guidelines to help protect people and she says they’re also asking employers to be patient and flexible as everyone works through these challenges and she points out, now more than ever, it’s important to follow the public health protocols.