Weekly Flu Update

February 7, 2021, to February 13, 2021

All indicators of influenza activity remain exceptionally low for this time of year.

To date, there is no evidence of community circulation of influenza. Influenza testing continues at seasonal levels. Two laboratory detections of influenza were reported this week. Influenza activity remains below the threshold required to declare the start of the 2020-21 influenza season.

No influenza or influenza-like-illness outbreaks were reported in schools and daycares in week 06. To date this season, 113 influenza-like-illness outbreaks have been reported in schools and/or daycares. No laboratory-confirmed outbreaks of influenza have been reported to date this season.

To date this season, 59 influenza detections have been reported, which is significantly lower than the past six seasons where an average of 29,890 influenza detections was reported for the season to date.

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)


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