Sumary of Hardly any Canadians caught the flu last year. What can we expect this fall?:
- Measurements of flu stayed so low all year that it actually never passed the threshold the Public Health Agency of Canada normally uses to declare the start of the season — which usually happens in the fall.
- PHAC recorded 69 influenza detections in the 2020-21 flu season, in its final FluWatch report on Aug.
- Looking southUsually, Canada can look to the Southern Hemisphere for clues as to what might happen here, said Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease specialist at Queen’s University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre.
- Story continues below Australia is currently reporting “historically low levels” of influenza, according to a report on the government’s website.
- It’s not alone: the World Health Organization notes in a recent report that, “Globally, despite continued or even increased testing for influenza in some countries, influenza activity remained at lower levels than expected for this time of the year.
- 9 This could be for two reasons, says Angela Crawley, a scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and professor at the University of Ottawa.
- ” How health measures aimed at COVID-19 routed the flu in Canada this season Continuing to wear masks and improved handwashing and other hygiene measures will probably “temper” this year’s flu season, he said, and lifting these measures could conversely, bring flu back.