Four actions to take to try to slow the spread of respiratory viruses

Four things to do to try to slow the spread of respiratory viruses


The national director of public health warned Monday that December will be a difficult month, with a rapid rise in flu and COVID-19 infections. Overview of actions that can be taken to try to slow the spread of these viruses.

Wear a mask in public

Although it is not mandatory, wearing a mask, especially in closed environments, is strongly recommended and encouraged.

“Wearing a mask helps protect you and helps reduce the transmission of viruses. […] It’s not just a question of COVID, but also of the flu. It's a question of civility, to allow you to avoid catching it, but also to give it to others, ”advocated Dr. Luc Boileau.

Get vaccinated

In addition to getting vaccinated against COVID-19, Quebecers have been able to get the flu shot for free for two weeks. However, the first data show that the effectiveness rate of the vaccine seems to be around 50%, an enviable result for the flu vaccine, the effectiveness of which varies greatly from one year to the next.

< p>“It's not necessary for everyone to get vaccinated against influenza […]. These are really the groups that we have targeted. We have seen an increase in influenza vaccination for groups most at risk,” noted Dr. Boileau, referring to seniors, people with chronic illnesses, health care personnel and pregnant women.< /p>

Stay home if you're sick

As much as possible, Quebecers with flu-like illnesses, whether related to COVID-19 or not, should stay home to avoid giving their virus to others.


Those who cannot avoid going to work or school are strongly encouraged to wear a mask to avoid contaminating their peers.

Avoid contact

In addition, in the midst of celebrations and office parties, sick people should stay home, suggested Dr. Boileau, stressing however that he does not recommend canceling celebrations.

This recommendation is particularly valid for parents of infants under six months.

“Now is not the time to expose children unnecessarily. There is a concern to reduce contact with people who do not live under the same roof. Now is not the time to show off your little baby. They must be protected,” argued the doctor.