Alberta’s new chief medical officer of health released a statement with regard to the rising number of respiratory infections in the province.  

He stated that while winter typically is the peak season for respiratory infections, Alberta, like other provinces, is experiencing an early rise in influenza, RSV, and COVID-19. 

Looking to Australia as a predictor, that country experienced a severe respiratory virus season and Canada is expected to follow suit. Australia saw the most cases of influenza in children and teenagers.  

Influenza typically begins with fever, body aches, headache, and fatigue and lasts for seven to ten days.  

For children, RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus presents like a common cold but can lead to severe symptoms such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia. 

Dr. Joffee encourages Albertans to: 

Stay home when sick 

Stay up to date with vaccinations if you make that choice  

Masks can help reduce the risk of becoming sick and choices to do so or not should be supported  

Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

Regular hand washing a sanitizing are encouraged 

Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands  

Cover coughs and sneezes 

Avoid or limit time in crowded indoor spaces 

Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly 

For more information on Dr. Joffee’s recommendations click HERE