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Increase in respiratory illnesses expected

Local News 07 Sep, 2023 Follow News

Increase in respiratory illnesses expected

Following growing concern in the community about an increase in the spread of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nick Gent, would like to advise the general public of the following:

Respiratory illnesses overall have increased;

Not all respiratory illnesses are caused by COVID-19;

This overall increase is not only normal but expected during this time of the year, especially in light of the upcoming flu season;

There has been a small increase in hospital admissions testing positive for COVID-19 in August;

Current hospitalisations due to respiratory illnesses are in line with previous years;

The Ministry of Health & Wellness is maintaining vigilance on current and emerging trends and will issue a public advisory if/when necessary.

All persons who are suffering from a respiratory infection, whether caused by COVID-19, influenza or the common cold, are advised to:

Remain at home if symptomatic (febrile (having or showing symptoms of fever), coughing, running nose, muscle aches, chills)

Return to work after being symptom free for a minimum of 24 hours (if febrile, 24 hours from when the fever breaks)

Practice respiratory hygiene (cover mouth/nose when coughing/sneezing, use masks when appropriate, use tissues and dispose of them properly, wash/sanitise hands before/after touching mouth/nose)

Residents and visitors needing additional guidance are encouraged to contact the FLU Hotline on 1-800-534-8600, 947-3077, or email flu@hsa.ky.

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