Most Ottawans 12+ haven’t had a COVID booster in last 6 months – CBC

Ottawa’s COVID-19 trends are mostly rising

Dec 13, 2022

The latest guidance
Local officials say the health-care system, particularly for children, is under a lot of pressure because of how much respiratory illness is spreading.

The flu season is worse and started earlier than normal, plus there are the continued challenges of COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Experts strongly recommend people wear masks indoors and, in Ontario, in the days after having COVID symptoms.

Staying home when sick, keeping hands and surfaces clean and keeping up-to-date with COVID and flu vaccines are also recommended to help keep people safe, especially more vulnerable people including children.

Quebec’s public health director says people with babies should think about whether large holiday gatherings are worth the risk.

“Increasing ventilation in homes, keeping windows open, doing fun activities outdoors, these are all ways to decrease the risk [when gathering],” said Ottawa Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches Monday, adding social support is important for people’s health.

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