Happy New Year! I hope many of you were able to take some time off during the holidays. Rest, relaxation and spending time with family and friends are some of the best ways to recharge your batteries. While many of us may be trying to ease back into the work routine, one thing we can certainly say is “Bugs Don’t Rest!” It would see that 2020 is starting off with a bang when it comes to “bugs”.
In the Hubei province of China, The virus causing the outbreak does not seem to transmit effectively from person to person, but as researchers have been able to identify it as a new Coronavirus the infection control community is on edge as the timing is similar to 17 years ago when the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) Coronavirus appeared. It was in fact during the first wave of SARS hitting Canada that I started in the infection control industry and any time a new Coronavirus is identified the infection control community becomes concerned, and for good reason. In 2002-2003, SARS infected more than 8,000 people, killed and spread to 37 countries. In 2012, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) was first identified in Saudi Arabia and has since killed 851 people. almost 60 people.
If a new Coronavirus is not bad enough, Influenza is playing havoc this flu season. , 27 children have died of the flu so far this season. That's the highest number of child flu deaths at this point in the season since the CDC started keeping records 17 years ago.
While I’m not exactly sure what 2020 is going to bring, you can be sure that I’ll touch on all facets of human and animal health and will try to cover as many topics and share as many educational resources as possible. As the year starts out it seems that the #17 may be significant; 17 years in this exciting and always unpredictable arena of infection control, 17 years since SARS first hit, 17 years of keeping records of pediatric flu deaths and 17….okay 9, years of bringing the Talk Clean To Me blog to your inbox. It will be interesting to see if the #17 pops up in any other ways!
Wishing everyone a wonderful January, a lovely February, a peaceful March, a stress-free April, a fun-filled May, joy that lasts from June to November, and finally a happy December...I just hope this year doesn't fly by as fast as 2019 because I certainly am not getting any younger!