B.C. COVID-19 pandemic update from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Andrian Dix
Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, spoke their serious concerns the province could be hit with a flood of cases from both at the same time.
“I do believe we are emerging from this pandemic, but a lot of uncertainty remains,” Henry said during the news conference. “We’re going to see influenza, I have no doubt, and the worst case scenario we might start seeing a surge at the same time that our immunity from our last booster doses of COVID (vaccine) is waning as well, in November and December.”
Health officials explained that influenza cases stayed quite low in 2020 and 2021 because of measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. But with restrictions lifted and people spending more time indoors, the flu and other respiratory illnesses are likely to return this year, meaning officials need to make preparations now even though a surge in hospitalizations isn’t a certainty and could be months away.