CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Alberta’s top doctor is urging Albertans to roll up their sleeves Monday and get their flu shots this year.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw wants to limit emergency visits and hospitalizations from influenza as the province continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Influenza is not new like COVID-19 but it is very serious,” Hinshaw said.
“The more that we can avoid influenza-related tests, emergency visits, and hospitalizations, the stronger our system will be to support those with COVID-19 and all other health needs.”
Hinshaw says about 8,500 Albertans contracted the flu last winter, resulting in 41 people deaths.
One in three Albertans were immunized for influenza last year, an increase from 2018/19. Hinshaw says the province must do better this year.
“The flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, but it will reduce your chances of getting sick with influenza and spreading it to others,” she said.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is offering vaccines through pre-booked appointments only to children under five years of age and their family and household members.
Alberta has ordered 1.96 million doses of the influenza vaccine.
Coronavirus: Who is most likely to suffer long Covid symptoms? – AlKhaleej Today
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Scientists in the UK have uncovered the risks of suffering the phenomenon known as ‘long Covid’ – long-lasting symptoms of Covid-19.
King’s College London researchers estimate that one in 20 people are sick with the novel coronavirus for at least eight weeks.
They say old age and a wide array of initial symptoms increase the risk of enduring Covid-19 for an extended period of time.
Being female, overweight and having asthma also increases the risk of suffering ‘long Covid’.
The research, which uses data from the Covid Symptom Study App currently being used by 4.3 million Britons, suggested ‘long Covid’ affects around 10 per cent of 18 to 49-year-olds who become indisposed with coronavirus.
Public Health England (PHE) discovered that around 10 per cent of people with Covid-19, who were not hospitalised, had revealed symptoms lasting more than four weeks.
The symptoms of long Covid include extreme fatigue, prolonged loss of taste or smell, respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms, and mental health problems.
They also include hair loss, pain and inflammation throughout the body, rashes and blood-clotting issues.
According to BBC News, scientists scoured the data for patterns that could predict who would get long-lasting illness.
The results, which are set to be published online, illustrate that long Covid can affect anyone, but some factors do increase the risk.
“Having more than five different symptoms in the first week was one of the key risk factors,” Dr Claire Steves, from Kings College London, told BBC News.
As per BBC News’ report, somebody who had a cough, fatigue, headache and diarrhoea, and lost their sense of smell – which are all potential symptoms – would be at higher risk than somebody who had a cough alone.
The risk also rises with age – particularly over 50 – as did being female.
Dr Steves said: “We’ve seen from the early data coming out that men were at much more risk of very severe disease and sadly of dying from Covid, it appears that women are more at risk of long Covid.”
No previous medical conditions were linked to long Covid except asthma and lung disease.
Fatigue is common in long-Covid sufferers, but symptoms vary from one patient to the next.
The exact symptoms of long-Covid vary from one patient to the next, but fatigue is typical.
Vicky Bourne, 48, started off with a fever and a “pathetic little cough” in March, which became “absolutely terrifying” when she struggled to breathe and needed to be given oxygen by a paramedic.
She was not hospitalised but is still – in October – living with long Covid.
Vicky’s health is improving, but her vision has changed and she still gets “waves” of more serious illness. Even walking the dog makes her suffer, so much so that she can’t talk at the same time.
She told the BBC: “I have strange, almost arthritic joints and weirdly, two weeks ago, I lost my sense of taste and smell again, it just went completely.
“It’s almost like there’s inflammation in my body that’s bouncing around and it can’t quite get rid of it, so it just pops up and then it goes away and pops up and goes away.”
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Hospitals struggle as 20 European countries record highest daily number of COVID cases – ABC News
Europe’s coronavirus second wave is in full swing with 20 countries on the continent, including the UK, Italy and Switzerland, reporting record numbers of COVID-19 infections.
- At least 20 European countries have recorded their highest daily number of new COVID-19 infections
- Europe has recorded more than 5 million cases and 200,000 deaths linked to coronavirus
- Authorities are worried that hospitals will not be able to cope with the second wave
The UK topped the list with 26,668 new cases and 191 coronavirus-related deaths in the previous 24 hours, while Italy recorded an additional 15,199 infections, up from its previous record of 11,705 on Sunday.
The Czech Republic saw an increase of 11,984 cases on Wednesday, while Poland recorded 10,040 and Switzerland had 5,596 new infections.
The records are following a worrying trend in Europe which is forcing governments to reintroduce restrictions on social interaction and hospitality services throughout the continent.
According to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Europe has registered more than 5 million cases and 200,000 deaths, with new cases beginning to rise sharply from the end of September.
Meanwhile, Spain has become the first western European country to reach more than 1 million confirmed cases after reporting 16,973 additional cases in the past 24 hours.
The country has 34,366 confirmed deaths.
European Union leaders will hold a video-conference next week to discuss how to better cooperate as the infections rise.
Hospitals struggle to cope
With case numbers that were brought largely under control by lockdowns in March and April now surging, authorities in countries from Poland to Portugal have expressed mounting alarm at the renewed crisis confronting their health infrastructure.
Belgium, struggling with what its health minister called a “tsunami” of infections, is postponing all non-essential hospital procedures, and similar measures are looming in other countries where case numbers have been rising relentlessly.
“If the rhythm of the past week continues, rescheduling and suspending some non-priority activities will become unavoidable,” Julio Pascual, medical director at Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar, told Reuters.
European countries boast some of the world’s best health services and doctors say that with the benefit of almost a year’s experience with coronavirus, they are much better equipped to treat individual patients clinically.
But the capacity of hospitals to handle a wave of COVID-19 patients, as well as people suffering from cancer, heart disease and other serious conditions, is still vulnerable.
Dutch health authorities said if the number of COVID patients in hospital wards continues to grow, three quarters of regular care may have to be scrapped by the end of November, and there were similar warnings from Czech authorities.
“We have hit a wall on clinical beds,” Wouter van der Horst, spokesman for the Dutch hospital association NVZ, said.
‘We couldn’t get to everyone’
As hospital admissions have spiralled, much attention has been focused on intensive care units, which came close to being overwhelmed in many areas during the first wave of the crisis.
On Wednesday authorities in Lombardy, the Italian region at the centre of the first wave of the pandemic, ordered the reopening of special temporary intensive care units set up in Milan and Bergamo that were shut down as case numbers receded.
Already, a number of regional health authorities in Germany, one of the countries that dealt with the first wave most effectively, have agreed to take in intensive care patients from other countries.
The ECDC said that some 19 per cent of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 are estimated to have ended up in hospital and eight per cent of those could require intensive care, but variations are wide both across Europe and within individual countries.
On Wednesday, Poland’s Health Minister said up to 30 per cent of new cases there could end up being hospitalised.
There has also been concern over the track and trace systems meant to keep local outbreaks of the disease under control but those systems have proven ineffective in many areas.
Authorities in Ireland, where the five-day case average has tripled since the start of October, said there were no longer enough officials to keep the system working.
Niamh O’Beirne, national lead for testing and tracing, told RTE radio that contact tracing centres had seen “unprecedented demand” with exponential growth in the number of cases, “and over the week we simply couldn’t get to everyone”.
Fraser Health names two weddings for potential coronavirus exposure | News – Daily Hive
Fraser Health is alerting the public about two weddings this month where guests could have been exposed to coronavirus.
The two weddings in the Fraser Health region both happened on October 10. The first was in Port Moody at Saint St. Grill. The exposure time applies all day from 5 am to 11 pm.
The second was in Mission at Lake Errock, again from 5 am to 11 pm.
— Fraser Health (@Fraserhealth) October 23, 2020
The alert comes on the same day that Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry threatened further restrictions could be enacted as social gatherings including weddings and funerals fuel the province’s second wave of coronavirus cases.
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