The most constant sound this winter is not the snow blower or the north wind, but rather, the lowly cough.
Coughs are everywhere as the “tripledemic,” which includes COVID-19, influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) continues to affect Canadians across the country.
“This is one of the worst cold and flu seasons I can remember in decades,” says Fort Erie, Ont.- based pharmacist and author Sherry Torkos.
Adding to the challenge is that many workplaces have welcomed staff back in person. That means more recirculated air and more airborne pollutants, including cough and cold viruses. (Studies show people spend at least 90 per cent of their time indoors.)
“It’s been dreadful, and I think because we were so diligent over the last couple of years, masking and social distancing and sanitizing…Our immune system hasn’t been challenged as much so it’s one of the reasons we are in such a predicament,” says Torkos.