COVID-19 takes a again seat to the flu in Inside Well being – Okanagan

Respiratory season has arrived within the Inside South, though COVID appears to be taking a again seat to the extra widespread sickness – the flu.

“We all know that COVID continues to flow into. It is likely one of the viruses that unfold broadly,” mentioned the medical well being officer of Inner Well being Dr. Silvena Mema.

“Nonetheless, a lot of the diseases we see, by way of COVID, are delicate because of vaccination efforts.”

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Influenza, Mema mentioned, was the place of essentially the most exercise within the area over the previous few weeks, particularly.

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“We’re seeing extra influenza this yr than previously few years as a result of, merely put, previously few years journey has been restricted and gatherings cancelled,” he mentioned.

The resurgence of the flu will not be uncontrolled, mentioned Mema.

“What we’re seeing proper now will not be out of the atypical for any typical influenza season earlier than a pandemic,” he mentioned.

“We’re used to seeing conditions like this yearly. Generally it begins a little bit earlier, generally it begins a little bit later.”

A consultant of Inner Well being mentioned that Kelowna Basic Hospital is seeing a rise in emergency division visits for complaints of respiratory misery.

That’s not surprising and it, like all well being authorities, has techniques in place to handle excessive affected person volumes, together with provincial and territorial surge plans.

“We’ve got deliberate for numerous eventualities and are prepared to answer the inflow of sufferers of all ages who want take care of respiratory illnesses,” mentioned a consultant of the well being authority.

Inner Well being recommends a flu shot this yr.

Though well being authorities didn’t supply flu numbers, as of final Thursday there have been about 500 confirmed instances of COVID throughout the province and solely 97 of them had been in Inner Well being.

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