Here’s how B.C. is preparing for a possible surge in COVID-19, flu cases this fall – CTV

Sept. 28, 2022

B.C. health officials are making preparations for a possible fall surge in COVID-19 and influenza cases, including discharging current patients to make way for potential new ones.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix spoke live Wednesday afternoon about fall respiratory viruses, particularly COVID-19 and influenza, and their serious concerns the province could be hit with a flood of cases from both at the same time.

“I do believe we are emerging from this pandemic, but a lot of uncertainty remains,” Henry said during the news conference. “We’re going to see influenza, I have no doubt, and the worst case scenario we might start seeing a surge at the same time that our immunity from our last booster doses of COVID (vaccine) is waning as well, in November and December.”

Health officials explained that influenza cases stayed quite low in 2020 and 2021 because of measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. But with restrictions lifted and people spending more time indoors, the flu and other respiratory illnesses are likely to return this year, meaning officials need to make preparations now even though a surge in hospitalizations isn’t a certainty and could be months away.

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