Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections are impacting long-term care centres in Canada's capital.
According to recent data provided by Ottawa Public health (OPH), the Hillel Lodge, Centre d'Accueil Champlain and the Peter D Clark Centre have recently reported RSV outbreaks.
"In older and vulnerable people, it (RSV), can clog up your ability to breathe," said Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Canage on The Sam Laprade Show on Dec. 9. "It can get us on the same type of recovery trajectory that influenza or COVID has. While it may start looking like a runny nose and sneezing and so on, it can get into the lungs and stop your ability to breathe."
RSV cases have been mainly linked to children, as pediatric hospitals across the province are reporting higher volume of patients in recent weeks due to RSV, influenza and COVID.
Listen to the full interview with Laura Tamblyn Watts below: