Dec 15, 2022

By Christine Ross

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The flu season may have peaked in the province. Chief medical officer Dr. Kieran Moore also says there’s been a slight decrease in RSV but that respiratory syncytial virus  ( RSV ) will persist, putting pressure on children’s hospitals.

“There is some good news, and I know our health system is working day in and day out to provide care but from my vantage point looking at the data, some of the trends are heading in a better direction and I don think there may be less pressure on the acute care sector in the coming days,” said Dr. Moore.

Moore says there’s been a sharp decline in hospitalizations among children for all respiratory illnesses across the province.

As for COVID, Dr. Moore tells CBC News he expects an increase in cases in the New year.

“We’re seeing a decline in COVID cases being admitted to the hospital and into intensive care but it comes in a cycle of  90-100 days and so we anticipate a rise in COVID cases in mid January or so and that’s where we really want to maintain that level of protection for all Ontarians going into the holiday,” said Dr. Moore.

Respiratory illnesses have overwhelmed children’s hospitals the past two months, with the flu accounting for the bulk of recent admissions at many of the country’s pediatric hospitals.

Many have cancelled surgeries in order to redeploy staff to help out the intensive care units and emergency rooms.

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