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Public health asks us to turn back time a bit to stop the spread of RSV, flu and COVID-19

The medical officer of health for the Porcupine Health Unit is backing the advice of the province’s top doctor to start wearing face masks in public again.

Dr. Lianne Catton says Dr. Kieran Moore explained the concerns well on Monday, when he urged Ontarians to wear masks.

RSV and influenza have appeared early and very strongly this year, adding to COVID-19.

“So definitely agree,” Catton remarks. “We’re aligning with the strong recommendation for masking indoors in public spaces, around young children and babies especially and really for everyone this time around.”

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The most important thing, Catton adds, is to be vaccinated against COVID and the flu.

She adds that during the height of the pandemic, it was learned that disinfecting high-touch surfaces didn’t do much, because COVID-19 didn’t last long on those surfaces.

“With RSV however, it does last on surfaces much longer. So getting back to washing down commonly touched surfaces again? – Very, very important.”

You can hear our complete interview with Dr. Catton right here:

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