‘We’re just bombarded with illness’: Prairies see highest rates of positive flu tests in Canada – CBC

Almost ⅓ of flu tests coming back positive, says Public Health Agency of Canada

Nov 23, 2022

A daycare operator in Regina says the current flu season has been even worse than when “we were in full COVID.”

“People were isolating at that time and whatnot, but now everyone is back,” said Megan Schmidt, director of First Years Learning Center.

“It just seems that everybody is catching everything. I don’t think there’s anybody that hasn’t been touched by the flu,” Schmidt said.

Pandemic precautions prevented the spread of COVID and respiratory viruses for almost three years. Influenza levels were exceptionally low nationally until early 2022, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection rates were close to zero for months.

But now Canada is facing a triple virus threat as COVID-19, flu and RSV continue to spread.

Prairie provinces have the worst rates of positive flu tests, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s FluWatch report from Nov. 6 to Nov. 12. Almost a third of tests came back positive (28 per cent).

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/prairies-see-worst-rates-of-positive-flu-tests-1.6660813

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