Here’s why it’s taken so long to develop a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus and what we can expect next.
Parents need practical strategies to balance the health risks and stressors of kids getting sick as we trudge through the virulent flu, RSV and COVID-19 winter season.
Evidence-based tools for dialectical behaviour therapy can help us manage family stressors during the virulent respiratory virus season.
‘Tis the season… for coughs, colds and COVID, it seems. So what should you do if you find yourself with symptoms on Christmas Day?
When it comes to reducing the spread of COVID, ventilation is often an afterthought. But cleaner air needs to be front and centre of our COVID mitigation strategy. Here’s why.
RSV is the leading cause for hospital stays in infants in developed countries.
As visits to emergency departments surge — and in some cases overwhelm hospitals — here are answers to frequently asked questions about Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones in conversation at Queen’s Park, the day after Ontario’s chief medical officer of health ‘strongly recommended’ mask wearing.
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In 2020, with adult ICUs at risk of being overwhelmed, we wore masks and accepted restrictions. Now pediatric intensive care is at risk. Will leaders follow the evidence and tell us to mask up?
Pediatric emergency rooms in some states are at or over capacity due to the surging number of respiratory infections.
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Respiratory viruses are hitting young children and infants particularly hard this fall and winter season, and experts don’t yet know exactly why.
Model of an influenza virus. Flu season is expected to make a big comeback this year.
Flu and COVID-19 are expected to make headway during the current respiratory virus season. The best way to stay healthy is vaccination in conjunction with personal protective measures.
The immune system usually stays dormant in the lungs in times of health.
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While a strong immune response is essential to fight against viral infection, an immune system that continues to stay active long after the virus has been cleared can lead to lung damage.
Most children today receive the chickenpox vaccine as a routine part of childhood immunizations.
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Chickenpox has largely disappeared from the public’s memory thanks to a highly effective vaccine. But the virus’s clever life cycle allows it to reappear in later adulthood in the form of shingles.
As international borders open, restrictions ease and we mingle with others, we can expect more germs to circulate.
We don’t yet know what this winter’s influenza season will bring. But here’s what we can expect from the 2021 crop of flu vaccines.
Five respiratory viruses everyone should know about.
An illegal Zimbawean immigrant crosses into South Africa.
Borders in southern Africa – as on the entire continent – were arbitrarily imposed by former colonial powers, and aren’t respected.
Somali women on a coronavirus awareness campaign.
Some of the false claims about coronavirus may be harmless. But others can be potentially dangerous.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela with former American world boxing champion Marvin Hagler. The undated photo was taken after Mandela’s release.
Prison life is about routine: each day like the one before; each week like the one before it, so that the months and years blend into each other.
Students line up to sanitize their hands to avoid the contact of coronavirus in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 28, 2020.
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With coronavirus continuing to spread, you may wonder: How do I know if I might have it? An infectious disease expert explains.
One nostril or two? Hard blow or gentle? Some ways are more effective and less risky than others.
If you have a blocked or runny nose, chances are you’ll reach for a tissue or hanky for a good blow. But is your technique up to scratch?
Most ill health can be avoided on family holidays through research and planning in advance, plus smart packing.
Simple steps can lower your risk of bringing home traveller’s diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mosquito-borne diseases from your holiday.
The flu vaccine – which prevents one from getting influenza – changes every year, because it is based on the strains of the virus that presented in the previous year.