Weekly Flu Update

February 28, 2021 to March 6, 2021

All indicators of influenza activity remain exceptionally low for this time of year, despite continued monitoring for influenza across Canada.

In week 09, no laboratory detections of influenza were reported.

To date this season, 64 influenza detections have been reported, which is significantly lower than the past six seasons where an average of 38,355 influenza detections were reported for the season to date. 

This is the last weekly FluWatch report for the 2020-2021 season. FluWatch will move to monthly reporting, with reports issued on March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30 and September 3, 2021. 

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Is it the Flu or COVID-19?


Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person. They may also vary in different age groups.

Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • new or worsening cough

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • temperature equal to or over 38°C

  • feeling feverish

  • chills

  • fatigue or weakness

  • muscle or body aches

  • new loss of smell or taste

  • headache

  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)

  • feeling very unwell

  • Children tend to have abdominal symptoms and skin changes or rashes.

    Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.

    (Source: Public Health Agency of Canada)