Health experts call for COVID vigilance this Thanksgiving – CBC

7th wave of pandemic never ended, infectious disease specialist says

Oct 10, 2022

As friends and family gather for another Thanksgiving weekend amid a global pandemic, health experts are urging people to remain vigilant and warning that already-high COVID-19 case counts could increase in the coming weeks.

Ottawa Public Health has said the city was seeing high levels going into this long weekend, and COVID-19 is not the only concern.

With cold and flu season underway, respiratory illnesses and viruses are expected to spread in the coming months, too.

“We will anticipate a little bit of a spike after this,” said Dr. Robert Cushman, the acting medical officer of health for the Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, it’s typical to have larger gatherings that include people visiting from other cities, Cushman said.

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