Nov 14, 2022
By Jane Brown
It’s time to protect the youngest of Ontario’s children.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore has announced he strongly recommends masking in indoor settings because of surging numbers of respiratory illnesses in children aged four and under.
“This isn’t COVID that’s affecting our children, although it obviously can, it’s RSV and influenza combined that are driving our children to have to be admitted to hospitals,” Dr. Moore told reporters at Queen’s Park.
Dr. Moore has not gone so far as to introduce any mask mandates, but says they are being considered for some settings.
For now, the masking recommendation also extends to schools and childcare settings due to the additional risk of RSV and influenza.
Dr. Moore also points out that within families, if an adult has symptoms of a cold, they need to mask up to protect their children of grandchildren.
“I don’t know if all parents realize that a common cold to them can be a serious and severe respiratory illness to someone 4 and under,” Moore added.
Dr. Moore pointed out that children between the ages of 2 and 5 should mask up with supervision, but only if they tolerate masking and can safely put it on a mask and remove it when necessary.
On Friday, it was announced at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, some surgical procedures are on hold to preserve critical care capacity amid the recent rise in patient volumes.