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Flu season and health tips for fall/winter: SFU experts available

October 19, 2020

Fall and winter will be a bit different this year. Already, there are reports of increased demand and long wait times in B.C. for those looking to get flu shots. As temperatures drop people will be less likely to hold small outdoor physically-distant gatherings and are likely spending more time indoors.

SFU experts are available to provide tips on how to stay happy, connected and healthy during the fall and winter months.

Tania Bubela, dean, health sciences,
Topics: public health measures that will help protect from COVID-19 and the flu; why it is important for our health system and general health to get a flu shot.

Fiona Brinkman, molecular biology and biochemistry,
Topics: flu shots; research-based tips to stay healthy over the fall and winter months and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Caroline Colijn, Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Evolution, Infection and Public Health, 
Topics: COVID-19 infection; mathematical models; role of data modeling in predicting disease spread; effectiveness of physical distancing.

Theodore Cosco, assistant professor, gerontology, 778.957.3339
Topics: healthy aging and resilience in adversity; mental health and social support; social isolation and loneliness; health and technology.

Scott Lear, professor, health sciences,
Topics: How the pandemic has led to an increased interest in telehealth; ‘COVID fatigue;’ tips for staying active and eating healthy at home.

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