Incidents in the Outdoors: Cold/Flu & Respiratory Illness

In this infographic the UPLOADS team explore the most frequently reported factors that contributed to the Cold/Flu or Respiratory illness incidents that occurred between September 2018 and July 2021.  From the 395 reported incidents, 325 people required first aid treatment and 80 were removed from the program.

The participant’s mental/physical condition, such as pre-existing cold/flu symptoms, allergies or asthma, was the most frequently reported contributory factor.

There was a frequently reported relationship with compliance and decisions at the client level, suggesting that parents and schools are sending participants to program with cold/flu symptoms or are not providing information about pre-existing respiratory conditions.  Weather was also a commonly reported factor, with temperature, rain, pollens, or dust exacerbating cold/flu or respiratory conditions.

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Outdoors SA is a foundation supporter of the Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System (UPLOADS) project that is supporting ways to identify and improve practices in the outdoors. We encourage all outdoors providers in South Australia to be involved in the project and its findings.

Further details on the ongoing project can be found at

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