Triple the usual number of kids are coming to Ontario ERs with respiratory illnesses. Here’s why – CBC

Hospital admissions of children also running far above seasonal norms

Nov 03, 2022

Respiratory illnesses are running rampant among children, resulting in hospital visits and admissions at far higher rates than normal for this time of year, according to fresh data from hospitals across Ontario.

Similar surges are being reported at hospitals across Canada. Although no other province makes public as much data on respiratory illnesses, experts say Ontario’s figures help give a clearer picture of the extent of the problem nationwide.

The number of kids aged five to 17 who came to hospital emergency rooms with respiratory complaints over the past week was more than triple the seasonal average, according to Ontario’s Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance (ACES) database.

For kids up to four years old, daily ER visits for respiratory illnesses during the same period stood at more than double the usual number, ACES showed Wednesday.

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