Its cold and Flu season
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Its cold and flu season. Oct 2021.
Some good news.
You have probably noticed a lot of young people with cold and respiratory symptoms, which occurrs annually at this time. It is estimated that the human biome has learned to live with at least 8000 different viruses which also cohabit our planet. Many of the respiratory viruses produce the same symptoms and it is difficult to tell them apart. Most are minor and we recover from the majority of them. There continues to be a plethora of covid testing still going on for numerous reasons. I hope that the manner in which news media present their statistics does not cause too much fear or alarm. Over Thanksgiving, I saw a "corona-score" flash across the TV of about 300. That may frighten some, but you may be interested to know that everyday, about 20-30,000 tests get done in Ontario. Subtract the 300 and that leaves you with 29,700 new cold type minor illnesses. Otherwise stated, it means that 98.2 percent of kids, students etc, that go for testing daily dont have coronavirus illness, and the 1.7% that test positive do not define any severity. They majorty of even those are mild to moderate. Hopefully, many worried parents may find some solace in that.
It does make running a clinic under health dept guidelines very challenging. Social distancing and masking are critical for the sick exhibiting symptoms, and we try our best to not mix the sick and healthy, which is why virtual medicine is still a priority.
The flushots have arrived. They are similar to the previous shots. They are not experimental or under emergency release protocols. Influenza has dozens or more of different variants. Manufacturers take a chance and predict which variant to put into their vaccine based on data from around the world documenting which variants are active. Some years they guess right and some not. There has not been much influenza due to how the world responded to the covid virus. The components in this years vaccine. H1N1- A/Wisconcin/588/2019
B variants are the same 2 from last year.
Getting a flushot may help protect you from Influenza or make it less severe, or we may have to rely on our immune systems to do this as well if new variants appear.
We will attempt to run fluclinics in the next while, once we figure out how best to administer shots to our patients in a safe efficient manner. Please do not enter the clinic without an appt or within 5 minutes of your assigned time. Wear a mask. We are willing to vaccinate everyone in your circle of care at once, even if they are not registered patients, but have a valid OHIP card. Please call for an assigned time. If you miss you time or come LATE, DO NOT ENTER THE CLINIC. Return to your car or foyer and call for instructions or accomodation. We cannot accomodate other health care requests at these times. Please pre-book these with out receptionist.
First flushot clinic will be held SAT OCT 23, 2021.
Things that help with cold season. Vitamin C 500-1000mg daily, Zinc 5-75 mg daily, Vitamin D 1000 IU daily, walks in the sunshine (which resp viruses hate due to their fragility), lots of smiles in the fresh air, lots of fluids devoid of sugar, especially hi-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).