Visiting family for the holidays? How to stay safe amid rising COVID, flu and RSV cases  – National

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Canada as compared to previous years when COVID-19 lockdowns limited or canceled quality in-person time with loved ones. However, with viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu thrown in the mix with COVID, health experts are urging Canadians to take protective measures amidst the festivities. … Read more

White House resists declaring emergency as flu, viruses surge in children

The White House is resisting calls from pediatric health groups to declare a national emergency due to the early surge in respiratory illness in children. As seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), coronavirus and other respiratory viruses swarm the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association argue an emergency declaration, which … Read more

US COVID cases: New subvariants, holiday gatherings may bring more coronavirus, but experts don’t expect severe surge

As millions of Americans travel to gather with friends and family over the next few days, there’s a good chance that COVID-19 will follow. Experts expect that Thanksgiving gatherings will stir up social networks and give new coronavirus subvariants fresh pockets of vulnerable people to infect. As a result, cases and hospitalizations may tick up … Read more

More children’s pain medication now arriving in Canada

OTTAWA—Drug makers, importers and health officials are talking daily in efforts to manage the ongoing shortage of pain and fever medication for children in Canada as supply ramps up in the face of unprecedented demand. Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Friday that another 500,000 bottles of medication earmarked for the retail market are coming … Read more

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

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) will provide an update on COVID-19 and address other health concerns on Friday. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and other Government of Canada officials will hold a news conference at 9 am ET. The update comes at a time when Canada is struggling with three separate surges in viruses. … Read more

Health Canada reviews RSV vaccine candidate as cases spike across country – National

As doctors worry older adults will be the next wave to become seriously ill by respiratory syncytial virus, Health Canada is reviewing a vaccine to help protect the elderly. Health Canada said it received a submission from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Oct. 25 for an RSV vaccine for adults 60 years of age and older. In … Read more

Ontario asks health clinics to stay open longer to take pressure off ERs

Ontario’s health ministry is asking family health team and nurse practitioner clinics to work at “full capacity” — including nights and weekends — to help keep more patients out of overwhelmed hospital emergency rooms. But many such clinics are already doing that to cope with all of the demands of providing family medical services during … Read more

Tips to prevent spread of COVID-19, flu, RSV

COVID-19, flu and RSV are circulating. Here’s how to stay healthy during Thanksgiving gatherings Updated: 6:50 AM EST Nov 23, 2022 Hide transcript Show Transcript THERE’S A LOT OF SICKNESS RIGHT NOW. RSV, FLU AND COVID. AND AS WE THINK ABOUT THANKSGIVING AND THE ONES THAT YOU LOVE AND CARE ABOUT MOST, THERE’S SOME SIMPLE … Read more

Surgeries cancelled in midst of patient surge at London’s Children’s Hospital

London’s Children’s Hospital is the latest to cancel and reduce surgeries in the midst of a surge in patients and extended wait times in emergency departments. “This is an extremely difficult decision and one that I wish we didn’t have to make,” hospital president Nash Syed said Tuesday. “The decision to reduce surgical activity is … Read more

How a case of RSV sent this baby on a terrifying medical journey

The virus that entered Weronika Drab’s home left her three-year-old son with a stuffy nose and a lingering cough. They were cold-like symptoms, bothersome, but nothing more. But for Drab’s seven-week-old baby — a healthy boy named Ayden, with dimpled cheeks and thick black curls — the same virus almost proved deadly. What started as … Read more