Sunday 29 November, 2020

Cayman: 2020 has had fewer reported flu cases than in previous years

Dr John Lee, Chief Medical Officer of the Cayman Islands, has indicated that there has been a significant drop in flu symptoms reported to Cayman's Health Services Authority over the past four months, as compared to previous years.

During the period of March 2018, there were 500-600 cases of flu-like symptoms reported. During the period of March 2019, there were 500-600 cases of flu-like symptoms reported. During the period of March 2020, there were 553 cases of flu-like symptoms reported.

In April 2020 this number had dropped to approximately half of the March figure. In June 2020, there were 127 reported flu-like symptoms, which is around a quarter of the March figure.

"This drop reflects all of the measures that we put in place to suppress a respiratory illness," said Dr Lee of the stringent COVID-19 suppression methods that were put in place since March this year. "This demonstrates so well how distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and the wearing of masks can affect respiratory illness."

Dr Lee emphasised that these measures will be instrumental in preventing a resurgence of the disease once Cayman's borders re-open.

"As we begin to consider opening up the borders and allowing tourists back in, please continue to maintain all of the things that we have put in place," he has said.

Cayman is planning to open its borders during the month of September.

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