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Doctors in the city think to control the spread of the cold, they need to launch a ‘heroic’ fight
The city of Toronto has called in its superheroes to use their powers to stop the spread of flu during the flu season.
The virus is spreading to many Canadians from overseas, and doctors are urging locals to try to protect themselves and their families.
Daniel Blackburn, an internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, said it was unlikely anyone in Canada is suffering from an H1N1 virus but the virus was on the loose.
“That doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods completely, because you could still have H1N1 that might be in Mexico and the United States where people are still affected,” Blackburn said.
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About 250 cases of the flu have been confirmed in Canada in the week ending 8 November, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Last year, about 3,000 Canadians died of the flu, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
About 98,000 people have been hospitalized in the country since September, but Blackburn said this year would likely only see a few more cases compared to last year.
People are also being urged to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when they cough or sneeze because they could be spreading the virus through coughs and sneezes.
Tonia Zioc, a mother of four young children in Toronto, said she was concerned about the spread of the flu and was contemplating going home from work on a Thursday, where the last two patients who have been admitted to the hospital are due to die.
She wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to take her children to school on a Friday, when they would have to be vaccinated.
“We are thinking that we might go home on a Thursday so that we don’t have to make the decision for my older children,” she said.