Health officials were not sure what was going to happen to the flu season in the wake of COVID-19.
Canada is not an exception.
At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza. This year, there are only 17 confirmed cases.
These reports aren't a result of a lack of testing.
It was the first reported case in Canada since 2005 when reporting became mandatory - and one of only 27 cases globally.
The patient was tested for influenza and for COVID-19 as part of a routine process, and followed through with a recommendation to stay home for 10 days.
COVID-19 is proving to be worse this fall, with nearly 60 per cent of the total confirmed cases in Canada being diagnosed since September 1. Those with COVID-19 symptoms or those in COVID-19 isolation/quarantine should not come.
Dr. Gerald Evans, chair of infectious disease at Queen's University, credits the public health precautions taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including wearing a face mask and physical distancing. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Hemisphere's flu season is from April - September and the Northern Hemisphere's seasons could run from October - May. "Getting a flu vaccination can prevent medical visits, hospitalizations and deaths, so getting your flu shot helps us protect not only our community, but also the health care system". In 2019, more than 800 Australians died of the flu; in 2020, that number to date is 36.
There has been one reported case in the Durham Region. This year, that number is down to one.
If you're wondering why flu numbers haven't been reported much this year, it's because there hasn't been many cases.
Canada is also pushing the flu vaccine harder than ever, and Canadians are listening. In 2019, the province vaccinated 1.4 million total. Although Canadian provinces ordered nearly 25 per cent more flu shots than past year, many can't keep up with demand.