With cold, flu, COVID and RSV season here, Cambridge doctor offers tips to stay healthy – CBC

People at highest risk for severe complications can talk to doctors now to prepare, Dr. Mekalai Kumanan says

Sep 24, 2023

As cooler weather approaches, most people know cold and flu season is close behind.

But this year, Dr. Mekalai Kumanan of Cambridge says people need to also be prepared that they could fall ill from COVID, with a new EG.5 Omicron subvariant circulating, and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

Kumanan, who is president of the Ontario College of Family Physicians, joined CBC Kitchener-Waterloo’s The Morning Edition to speak with host Craig Norris about what people should expect this winter and what they can do to stay healthy.

The following interview has been edited for length and clarity. The audio of the interview can be found at the bottom of this article.

Host Craig Norris: There is a new COVID variant circulating. How worried should we be about that?

Dr. Mekalai Kumanan: I think when we are approaching the fall, what we’re expecting is to see a rise in respiratory infections in general.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/q-and-a-doctor-mekalai-kumanan-cold-flu-covid-rsv-season-prep-1.6974418

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