Correlations between control of COVID-19 transmission and influenza occurrences in Malaysia
|dc.contributor.author||Tang, Daniel Kuok Ho|
|dc.identifier.citation||Tang, D.K.H. and Chin, B.L.F. 2021. Correlations between control of COVID-19 transmission and influenza occurrences in Malaysia. Public Health. 198: pp. 96-101.|
The transmission of COVID-19 has sent Malaysia into cycles of tightening and relaxation of movement control, which are still continuing currently in line with local fluctuations of new COVID-19 cases. During movement control, measures comprising physical distancing, hand cleaning or sanitizing, and sanitization of premises are consistently implemented while self-isolation and travel restrictions are adaptively enforced. This study aims to examine if the control of COVID-19 transmission has an effect on the national influenza occurrences as some measures for COVID-19 control are similar to those for influenza.
For this study, data of weekly new cases of influenza and COVID-19 were obtained from official platforms for non-parametric statistical analysis.
This study compared the influenza occurrences before and after the onset of COVID-19 using the Mann–Whitney U-test and explored Spearman's correlations between COVID-19 and influenza incidences after the onset of COVID-19.
It shows that influenza incidences before and after the onset of COVID-19 were significantly different and that influenza cases have significantly reduced after the onset of COVID-19. The weekly cases of influenza and COVID-19 were significantly and negatively correlated.
This study underscores the co-benefits of COVID-19 control measures and alleviates the concern for the risk of COVID-19 and influenza co-infection.
|dc.title||Correlations between control of COVID-19 transmission and influenza occurrences in Malaysia|
|curtin.contributor.orcid||Chin, Bridgid [0000-0002-6544-664X]|
|curtin.contributor.scopusauthorid||Chin, Bridgid |