Now the pandemic is waning, it is great to be able to meet people in person and walk around without a mask. But after years of lockdowns, masks and social distancing, experts are predicting a significant rise in flu and lung infections.
Influenza – or flu – is a respiratory illness with lots of different strains. Like the coronavirus, it’s spread when we cough and sneeze, especially when we are indoors, or in a place with poor ventilation. After years of living with the coronavirus, it’s easy to dismiss the flu. But it can be serious.
And like coronavirus, flu evolves. When you catch a cold or flu, your immune system makes antibodies to kill that virus. So the next time you are exposed to that virus, your body can fight it.
But because of social distancing and masks there were less respiratory viruses circulating last year – so your body has less antibodies to fight off this year’s strains of flu. Add more social mixing, and it’s likely your immune system is working harder to fight off germs. Pharmacist Montana Grenfell explains how to take the proactive approach when you feel a cold or sniffle coming on.