Saint Lucia has recorded increased respiratory illnesses at public and private health facilities during the period when the Island hosted mass crowd activities.
The disclosure came Wednesday in a statement from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George.
In a COVID-19 situation update, Belmar-George noted that new variants in the country seem more contagious than regular influenza, causing respiratory illness lasting 5-7 days.
Belmar-George observed that the testing rate is generally very low at this time, with most patients managing the symptoms at home, self-treating until recovery.
According to the CMO, the majority of patients make a full recovery without hospitalisation or death.
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health has issued advice regarding measures to prevent respiratory illness infection.
Dr. Sharon Belmar-George’s complete statement appears below: