Wave of respiratory viruses hitting the Yukon

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Respiratory viruses have been causing high rates of illness in the Yukon, and the territory’s chief medical officer says it could be weeks before the spread starts to slow down.

Dr. Sudit Ranade said there are confirmed cases of influenza, COVID-19, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) circulating in the community. The health-care system has been tracking the numbers, but Ranade warned they’re not reflective of the full situation because many people don’t get tested.

Still, he said the spread has been evident in the number of Yukoners staying home sick from work and school, and the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.

“We’re just at the beginning,” Ranade said. “Just

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